Mixed Media Collage

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Mixed Media Collage
Tuition: $99 + $10 registration fee
Please note date correction:
Saturday August 4, 10:30am-4:30pm
Location: Artists and Craftsman Store
4350 8th Avenue NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
Maximum enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 10

Note: In addition to the tuition and registration fee, there is a $10 materials fee, which is payable to the instructor in class.  For more info, see “about the materials” below.


Welcome to our Collage and Mixed Media class, held in the University District in Seattle!  In this class we’ll have fun creating collages and learning about this fascinating and creative art form. Lonni Flowers, instructor

There is absolutely no experience required! No drawing skills needed at all! No expensive tools to buy! Collage is a perfect way to get your creative feet wet.

Before we get started with paper and glue, we’ll have a quick discussion of exactly what collage is – and what it isn’t!  Then after we talk about  the basics, we’ll dive right in to some fun and easy mini-projects. You’ll have an immediate understanding of different approaches you can take when creating a collage.

We’ll start adding mixed media to our collages, including your choice of watercolor, ink, wax pastels and more.  It’s a day devoting to the simple pleasures of experimenting with paper, glue and scissors!

“Mixed Media Collage” (also known as “Collage and Mixed Media”) is a great class for accomplished artists to unlock their creativity, and a wonderful introduction for beginning collage students as well.

We’ll also talk about the three main elements that make up a collage. First is the substrate, the surfaces on which we create collages. In the class we’ll focus on 140lb. watercolor paper, but you can also use all kinds of journals, boards, canvas, and  old books

Next, we’ll consider the glue options, especially glue sticks and acrylic medium. Finally, we’ll look at some of the many types of paper you can use to collage, including magazine and newspaper pages, rice papers, ephemera, fabric, etc., etc. During the day, we’ll also compare about cutting paper versus tearing it, and some techniques to do so.

In our collage projects, we’ll explore different ways to use collage elements. We’ll be working quickly, on small substrates. There’s no time to over think things or worry about getting it “right”! Whatever you do will be exactly right. In the first few collages, we’ll use a simple object as the focus; choose a coffee cup, a chair, a vase of flowers.

In one in-class project, you’ll see that with just two magazine pages you can make an exciting version of your object, cutting or tearing the shapes and colors that appeal to you. Next, we’ll see how collage elements under a quick sketch of our chosen objects can be so much more entertaining to the eye than just a plain sketch. We may choose to add more paper to the image after drawing. The possibilities are endless!

Next we’ll move on to using a decollage technique: gluing paper down and then lifting it back off and working with what’s left on the substrate. This is fun because it’s always a surprise. For our final experiment with our cup or chair, we’ll see how interesting it can be to use just alphabetic paper fragments to “draw.”

There will be plenty more experimentation, time to play and learn by doing in this class! Before we add mixed media, we’ll try out an image transfer technique with packing tape and we’ll try out (bleeding) art tissue paper. We may also choose to try using maps as substrates, and see what magic their lines and shapes can inspire.

As the class moves along, we’ll talk a bit about other media we can add to collage, whether we apply it directly to the substrate or treat the papers. We may choose to return to the morning’s design objects and see what happens if we watercolor it before applying paper. Or we make use stamps and stencils on papers before we glue them. We can also play with adding crayons, pastels and inks to our collages. We’ll talk about the strategy of working on more than one collage at once, to both allow for drying and for alternating inspiration as we sift through papers. 

About the Materials

Please remember to bring your $10 materials fee payable to instructor. The $10 covers the costs of access to all the substrates, glue, and acrylic mediums and collage materials you will need for planned projects. Also included is access to additional media, including: watercolors, wax pastels, colored pencils and inks.

In addition, artists are encouraged to bring their own:

  • Magazines, newspaper, rice papers, and ephemera (tickets, photographs, any paper or fabric you might want to include in your collages)
  • Scissors
  • Any watercolor or acrylic paints you have at home, as well as stencils, stamps, ink pads.
  • Small plastic water containers (e.g., yogurt containers, old tupperware) with tops (great for mixing)
  • Paper towels