What is Collage?

Collage is a type of art which combines pieces of diverse materials such as magazines, types of paper, fabric, paint and photographic material into one composition.  A good starting point in understanding what collage is, might be to look at some of these artists who pioneered the idea of collage:

Kurt Schwitters, Picasso, Matisse, Hannah Höch

There are many modern day collage artists who are using a range of media and materials to create a collage.  Many collage artists now use Photoshop to manipulate images and photographs digitally.  There really seems to be so much scope with this medium which makes it very exciting.

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What Type of Paper Do I Need?

This will depend on the type of media you are using (pencil, watercolour, acrylics etc.). Paper is important because if the surface is designed for your media then the results will be better.  The range of papers available is vast and it can be a bit bewildering in the art stores to know what paper is for what.  There are several factors to consider; paper weight, paper texture, paper colour and paper size.

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