Assemblage Art: Projects & Ideas

So what exactly is the definition of assemblage art anyway? Well, it’s really very simple. Assemblage is essentially the making of 3D art, and often—but not always—that involves using found objects. On this page you’ll find lots of great assemblage art projects and ideas, some from well-known assemblage artists like Michael DeMeng and Sally Jean Alexander—their assemblage sculpture is divine!
Totally doable too! But you’ll find plenty of other mixed media assemblage as well, including soldering and combining fabric with metal.

So what exactly is the definition of assemblage art anyway? Well, it’s really very simple. Assemblage is essentially the making of 3D art, and often—but not always—that involves using found objects. On this page you’ll find lots of great assemblage art projects and ideas, some from well-known assemblage artists like Michael DeMeng and Sally Jean Alexander—their assemblage sculpture is divine!
Totally doable too! But you’ll find plenty of other mixed media assemblage as well, including soldering and combining fabric with metal.

Make Tissue, Fringed and Cone Paper Flowers!

Flowers are one of those embellishments that stands the test of time. Here author Ronda Palazzari shares some of her favorite flower tutorials—perfect for adding the finishing touches to any of your pieces.

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Modeling Film Flower: A Tutorial

In this tutorial, the author of “Delight in the Seasons” will show you, step by step, how to make a truly mixed media embellishment that will knock your socks off!

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Tutorial: Making Things Rusty and Blackened

A beautifully rusted item or one darkened with age can add an air of mystery to almost any mixed media piece. But sometimes you can’t find just the right item in just the right condition. When new just won’t do, you can follow these simple instructions from author (Dusty Diablos) and artist Michael deMeng.

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All Dolled Up

Wire wrapping and soldering are the techniques you’ll use to create an amazing doll all decked out in fantasy materials—collage items that are beautiful and meaningful. Through detailed step-by-step photos excerpted from her book Pretty Little Things, Sally Jean Alexander will take you from wire cutting and shaping to soldering to embellishing. And like your dreams, the
possibilities are endless!

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Ruth Rae Altering Fabric and Metal

Ruth Rae, co-author of a Charming Exchange and author of Layered, Tattered and Stitched, demonstrates to the students in her workshop at Art Unraveled, multiple techniques for altering fabric. Here she plays with fire, burning and melting craft fabric in …

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What is a Pin Drill with Keith Lo Bue

Keith Lo Bue is a master at working with found objects. But sometimes those found objects need just a bit of altering and often times everyday tools will be too aggressive. Enter the pin drill, a delicate tool that can …

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Building Ex Votos

Ex votos are typically on tin and often not much larger than twelve inches and depict a moment of tragedy, or potential tragedy, that was thwarted by Divine Intervention. In this project, Michael deMeng, author of Dusty Diablos, provides instructions not only for the process of building your own ex voto, but also how-tos for a handful of creative techniques that will set your work apart, including “the tricky burnt paper routine,” and “the burning flesh trick.”

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Solder Secrets

Whether you are working on a flat-surfaced project or something three dimensional, finishing and edging your work with solder is easy. Pretty Little Things author Sally Jean Alexander takes the mystery out of soldering with three great mini lessons and a handful of tips that will have you packing heat in no time.

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Crown Me

In this project, Lockhart, author of Objects of Reflection, illustrates the many kinds of elements that might be included in your masterpiece. She also helps to motivate you further down the path of creativity by providing a series of prompts, open-ended statements like, “I am indulging in …” and “Self discovery means to me …”. By the time you’re done you’ll have made something that truly represents … you.

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Attaching with Wire

Annie Lockhart, wire artist and author of Objects of Reflection, shows you step by step how to use wire to secure items together, how to create garlands, how to make hooks and more. And best of all, your work doesn’t have to be perfect! In fact, it almost can’t be perfect! It’s the pure happenstance, the individual uniqueness that makes working with wire so rewarding!

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