Create Unique Photo Collage Elements

(This tutorial was previously published in Mixed Media Handbook by Kimberly Santiago, copyright 2014; it is republished here courtesy of North Light Books and CreateMixedMedia.com.)

Slides
Slides are fun elements to introduce to artwork. I like to add slides to my work to engage the viewer to come closer. Often, placing the slide where it may be removed or easily seen. I also, like to use slide frames and pop in my own drawings or images and then adhere them to a layered background. I recommend using dry or wet adhesives to adhere slides.

 

Create a Collage Element

Follow the steps to use slide frames and collage resources to create intimate objects of art.

Materials

  • pencil
  • rice paper
  • slide frame
  • small flower or other embellishment
  • craft knife
  • small flat brush
  • matte medium

collage element 1a

Collage element 1b

1 Remove the Film From the Slide
Use a craft knife to pop open the slide at its side. Slowly peel out the film. It will be sticky.

Collage element 2a

Collage element 2b

2 Create a Template
Trace the film onto rice paper and cut out the template.

Collage element 3

3 Apply Adhesive to the Embellishment
Apply matte medium to the back of the embellishment with a small flat brush.

Collage element 4

4 Adhere the Embellishment
Lay it onto the rice paper surface and then brush over it with a clean flat brush. This will smooth out any bubbles and get rid of excess medium.

Collage element 5a

Collage element 5b

5 Mount Back Onto Slide
Once dry, mount the rice paper and embellishment back into the slide. You now have an interesting collage resource for your next project!

(This tutorial was previously published in Mixed Media Handbook by Kimberly Santiago, copyright 2014; it is republished here courtesy of North Light Books and CreateMixedMedia.com.)

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2 Responses to Create Unique Photo Collage Elements

  1. jean says:

    What a wonderful idea!!

  2. Deedeedle says:

    Oh lovely. I’ve been trying to get my partner to go through and dispose of some ancient slides, but now I know what to do with them myself 🙂

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