TJust like a traditional collage artist, I build my digital collage compositions layer by layer. An important component is texture. Since my art is digital, I cannot go out and buy paper or embellishments to use in my collage. That means I need to create “papers” to use for depth, color and texture. Some textures that I create are very simple and others end up as a multi-layer piece of art. I rarely have an exact idea of what texture I want to end up with. I start playing with photos, brushes, blending modes and filters.
Some of the textures or backgrounds take almost as much time to create as one of my digital collage pieces. I have to confess that part of the time I just cannot stop playing with color, blending modes, filters, or brushes! I’ll create a cool and warm version or a light and dark version of the same texture and save both versions because I just cannot decide.
You do not need graphic software or even be an artist to have some fun creating your own unique papers. Use mixed media or watercolor paper if you are going to use anything wet as it will hold up better. This doesn’t have to be expensive. Use what you have around the house. Paint, crayons, food coloring, coffee grounds, colored pencils, stencils or anything else you can think of. This would be a fun project to include the whole family. When finished with your “paper” here are some ideas for you: make your own collage, take a photo and post it on social media, frame it, make an old-fashioned card and snail-mail it to a friend. I am sure you can think of others projects! Have fun.
The digital collage below is called "Hidden." It started out as a background texture layer. The more I played with it, the more I liked it. I decided to have it printed on white metal, which gives it a richness and depth of color you have to see to really appreciate! This is one of my art pieces that has been in a local gallery.
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