Collage Experiments: Painted Papers
What you'll need
Watercolor Pan Sets and Refills
Paper: Budget 80 Lb White Sulfite Drawing Paper
Crayons
Stamps
Tempera Paint (optional)
Paint Brushes
Water Cup: Budget
Paper Towels
Ink Pad (optional)
Water Based Ink (optional)
Many artists paint their own papers to cut up for collages. One famous example was Henri Matisse.
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Mr. Matisse painted white paper with gouache paint in solid colors and let them dry on his wall.
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He then cut these papers in to shapes for his collage art. Matisse worked on these in the 1940s.
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Another famous artist who is working today with painted papers and collage is Mark Bradford.
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Mr. Bradford had a 2019 show at the Baltimore Museum of Art. This piece uses collaged painted paper.
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You can paint solid or textured colors of tempera paint on paper and hang in your classroom to dry.
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These papers can be cut and glued to make your own collages.
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Tempera paint is just one possibility. You can use watercolor and printmaking experiments, too.
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Check out our watercolor tutorials. You can use the techniques there to create collage papers.
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Wax resist is one of the techniques we share. Draw with a crayon, then paint with watercolors.
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A spritz of rubbing alcohol and a sprinkle of salt are two more ideas in Experimental Watercolors.
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All of these experiments can be saved with your collage papers.
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Try this: fold a piece of paper in half and in half again so you have four sections.
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Use crayons to draw patterns in the four sections. Draw any lines and patterns you like!
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Paint with watercolors. Notice again how the paint moves away from (“resists”) waxy crayon lines.
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Save these patterned papers with your collage materials for future projects.
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The printed papers in our Arts Every Day printmaking tutorials are also perfect to save for collage.
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Just print, tear, paint, draw & experiment with the materials and tools you have available.
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You are creating and building a collection of interesting papers for future collage projects.
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