Getting Ready to Glue
I’ve been asked to illustrate a poem book, I guess it was assumed that I would just find a few photographs that would go with each poem, yet I decided that there has to something more interesting than that… Don’t get me wrong I’m head over heels for photography, I’m the person who has their camera by the bed, but these days there are so many good photos on let’s say flickr that it might be hard to impress. So I’ve had an idea – I’ll have a go at making some collages!
I’m planning to do a good job, so the first step is gathering information on what it really is.
A collage (from the French colle meaning “glue” or coller meaning “to glue”) is a work of formal art, primarily in the visual arts, made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole. Although techniques of collage were first used at the time of the invention of paper in China, around 200 BC, it is said this term was coined by two cubist artists Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art. According to some sources, Picasso was the first to use the collage technique in oil paintings.
A collage may include newspaper clippings, ribbons, bits of colored or hand-made papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. Doing a collage, involves a number of things: shape, color, composition and textures. No wonder this medium gives such a variety of exciting alternatives.
Some more options come to mind exploring a few terms:
Cubomania is a surrealist method making collages by cutting an image into squares which are then reassembled automatically or at random.
Canvas collage – application, typically with glue, of separately painted canvas patches to the surface of a painting’s main canvas.
Decoupage is a type of collage usually defined as a craft. It is the process of placing a picture into an object for decoration. Decoupage can involve adding multiple copies of the same image, cut and layered to add apparent depth. The picture is often coated with varnish or some other sealant for protection.
Photomontage is a collage made from photographs, or parts of photographs.
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Ok… lots of ideas come to my mind… We’ll see how it goes once I start covering my fingers in glue.