Mixed Media Magazine Paper Collage
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Mixed Media Magazine Paper Collage

Learn How to "Paint" with Magazines
4.6 (25 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
58 students enrolled
Created by Deborah Shapiro
Last updated 8/2019
Price: $94.99
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to make a collage using magazines.
  • What magazines to select.
  • How to paste paper to avoid wrinkles and air pockets.
  • The process of assembling the collage.
  • How to rip and cut paper.
  • How to protect your collage.
  • An interest in creating art and collage.

Like to rip paper?  So do I.  Learn how to make a collage without paint, using only cut and ripped magazine paper.  Work with me as I put together a collage of birch trees.  In this course, you will learn:

  • What magazines to use.

  • The supplies you'll need.

  • The process of planning out your collage.

  • How to work with paper:

    • What paper works best

    • Learn to paste.

    • How to avoid wrinkles and air pockets.

    • How to cut your paper.

  • Learn how to protect your finished collage.

Follow along and work on your collage at your own pace.  All the principles can be applied to any subject you choose.

Who this course is for:
  • Art students
  • Folks interested in collage.
  • Someone with lots of time on their hands and enjoys ripping paper. :)
Course content
Expand all 23 lectures 01:23:19
+ Introduction
1 lecture 02:00

Welcome!  Get a brief overview of what you will learn in this course: from the type of magazines you'll need to how finishing your collage.  Join me as we make a collage of Birch Trees.

Preview 02:00
+ Magazines and Supplies
2 lectures 09:21

I discuss the types of magazines to look for and the quality of paper needed when making collages.


You'll need more than magazines.  Here's what I use when making a collage.  No need to take notes, a supply list is attached to this segment.

Glue, Canvas, and Other Supplies
+ Planning Your Collage
2 lectures 07:14

First step is to make a simple outline of your subject.  Since there is no right or wrong way to sketch a tree, we'll sketch directly onto the canvas.  I'll sketch out what I have in mind, but feel free to change up the drawing for your liking.

Sketching Your Subject

Before you start to look through magazines, choose a color scheme.  This collage is a good opportunity to experiment with blending colors.

Preview 02:17
+ Prepping, Looking through Magazines and Sorting
4 lectures 13:58

I explain what you need to know about with colors in magazines and where to find them.

Understanding Colors in Magazines

On any page in a magazine, you may see several colors.  It's important to stay organized through the process so you know why you picked that page.  I'll explain what I look for and how I stay organized.

The Hunt!

I like my paper to be sandwiched between acrylic, see what I do.

Preview 02:16

You can create quite a mess if you don't stay organized...well, to be realistic, you WILL create a mess, never the less, I explain how I sort my papers.

Organizing the Paper
+ Working on the Background
5 lectures 22:14
Where Do You Start?

I talk about how to tear the paper so you can avoid the white edge of ripped paper.  Also why you get wrinkles and how to paste to avoid it.

Ripping and Pasting

As we continue on with the background, I have a piece that will give me an air pocket if I don't take care of it.  What's an air pocket?  It's a piece of paper that will appear as a a bump or a bubble on the finished collage.  I explain why that happens and how to fix it.

Dealing with Air Pockets

Sometimes, you will find a piece that can do double duty for you.  Here, I will show you an example.

Making Pieces Work for You

As we complete the background, we will work on the grassy area at the bottom, including shadows from the trees and space for your signature.

Grassy Area and Shadows
+ Wrapping the Edges
1 lecture 01:52

You can do this step now, or wait until your collage is complete.  I like wrap my edges as I complete the background.  I'll show you how to do that.

Wrapping the edges.
+ Working on the Foreground
5 lectures 20:29

I mentioned earlier to hold off on selecting white paper for the trees.  We are at the point to pick a direction for the trees and gather the paper. 

Selecting White Paper for the Trees

You can rip your paper, but it's difficult to get a straight line.  I'll show you how to cut a straight line. This style of tree is easy to do, but feel free to add curves or a bend to your tree, similar to my earlier collage I showed in the intro.

Cutting Paper for Your Trees

Here, I show you the process of pasting your trees.

Pasting Trees

You could proclaim your trees finished at this point, but I like to add more details.  I'll show you how I add more details.

Adding Details to Trees

By adding blades of grass, we can make the trees blend into to scene.

Preview 02:31
+ Completing Your Collage
2 lectures 03:59

Are you done?  How do you know?  This is what I do when I think my collage may be complete.

Preview 01:06

I add several additional layers to protect my collage.  Here, I'll show you what I do and give you a few tips with the application.

Protecting the Collage with Finish
+ Review
1 lecture 02:12

Whoo Hoo!  We are done.  I review a few main points that you should remember when working on your next collage.  I hope you enjoyed the process and thank you for taking the class!