Photo courtesy of Kevin Roche
Why would you ever make collage art your medium of choice? According to Susan Wickstrand, a.k.a. the “Queen of Collage,” the answer has everything to do with “the entire world.” Through collage, Wickstrand can create something deeply personal to channel her passions for travel, world cultures, surfing, and nature. By fashioning artwork from intimate objects and outward journeys, an individual story can merge with a theme or thought to share with the entire universe. “What we have in our surroundings, how we live and how we work are important to our psyche and well-being,” she says. "Collage is taking those things that you have around you and putting it into art.” Best of all, collage is art for the people; it’s a visual expression that anyone can create with their own aesthetic. Here's how to get started making your own.
Project: A Collage of Intention“It’s Not a Vision Board” Susan suggests creating a collage that contains a mantra or intention. It could be a theme such as self-love, courage, or expansion (for example, if this is the year you want to take a yoga teacher training or try a volunteer vacation). But remember, collage is a very different than creating a vision board. “It’s like the difference between writing a novel and poem,” says Wickstrand. “With collage we’re creating key elements, and there is a lot of editing. It’s getting down to the core: Being succinct and filtering down to the key images." All supply items can be purchased from a local art or craft supply store. Here's what you'll need to get started:
- A piece of wood or gesso board for your foundation
- Glue stick for mounting your found objects
- Mod Podge, for an acrylic sheen to coat your final product
- Watercolor paints and textile samples (optional)