"We can never have enough of nature."
© 2000 Nita Leland
Unify your collage by giving it a theme: the seashore, the woods in autumn, trees, for example. Gather more materials than you think you need, so you'll have plenty of choices. You'll change your mind a lot as you assemble your collage. Clean your materials of loose dirt, wipe them off with a damp cloth if necessary and if there is any oily residue on them, wipe with alcohol. Then encase the objects in a layer of acrylic medium to seal them.
Apply papers as a background, using colors that harmonize with your objects. Arrange your objects on the support, and when you have a design you like, adhere them with acrylic medium or gel, depending on the size and weight of the objects. If necessary, coat the entire collage with medium to seal it.
There are more nature collages in my collage gallery with descriptions of how I made them: "Sea Shapes", "Whirlwind," and "Canada".
For more collage ideas see The New Creative Artist and New Creative Collage Techniques.
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