Techniques in Collage & Assemblage
On my pinterest collage board I've been collecting all sorts of examples of collage, some are clever and some are more about aesthetics. I think you must have to spend hour upon hour collecting images, and that it is so much about finding the right one at the right time and perhaps seeds being planted in your brain and something going "click". Simon's feeling is not to do any sticking but to use bluetack until you're really sure...
The other thing is some sensible advice - have a look at what other artists are doing definitely, but at some point - let's say after maximum one hour - put them aside and start doing your own!
Here is the link to my Collage and Assemblage board. Start from the bottom and work up to the most recently posted:
They're chosen because I either liked them, thought they were clever, or wanted to remember a particular technique they used.
Here is a list of some techniques you can think about using, and in some cases which artists use them. See if you can identify which techniques were used in some of the collages on the Pinterest Board.
Cut and paste
Cut and insert
Use the Remnants to cut and paste
Delete - Nathan Coley, Ellen Gallagher
Draw on top of -
Fold - see Lygia Clarke, Neil Gall
Trace (eg using vellum, or carbon paper) - Francis Alys
Photocopy & colour in
Photocopy using Acetate layering, colour in behind
Cut up and reassemble - Henry Dargero, John Coplans,
Pouncing - piercing the paper in dots for an early form of tracing - Raphael, Michelangelo, Christopher Bucklow
Gridding - Hockney, Cubamania
Template (trace, cut, insert)
Stencil - Banksy, Simon Periton
Blowing, spraying, Xray - Anna Barribel
Cellulose paint thinner
Mark- making with different implements
Varnish and wax
Frottage - rubbing with graphite
Shadow Silhouettes - eg using rubbish to create projected shadows, Sue Webster
Silver point and gesso
Pen and ink
blotting, oil and water
different paint techniques eg wet on wet, dry on dry, scumbling, optical, glazing,
Graphite, hard/soft. delicate/bold/shaved
hatching with brush
text and typography
HOW can we make our marks? Eg Gerhard Richter drags and scrapes paint; another artist draws by firing bullets , sometimes we can pour plaster into a footprint; Henry Krokatsis uses smoke and stencils, etc etc .