This project is designed for kids and adults, ages 6 +
Explore your identity and create a collage that is as unique as you! Cut and collect images from magazines that represent your identity and use an image transfer technique to create a collage with see-through images.
This activity was facilitated as a virtual workshop during the June 2020 virtual Play Date: Creating for Care.
You will need:
- Old magazines: Glossy magazine images work best (paper printouts or newspapers will not work with this technique).
- Clear packing tape
- A bowl of water or spray bottle filled with water
- (Optional) A piece of paper or other surface to be your background for your collage
- (Optional) glue stick or tape
- (Optional) Extra 2D collage materials
- (Optional) Coloring/drawing tools
- An art making space that can get a little wet (have a towel handy!)
1. Cut and collect images from magazines that represent you. Think about your culture, heritage, family, friends, community, personality, hobbies – All the things that make up who you are. Find and cut out images from magazines that represent these things.
2. Cover your image side with packing tape. Make sure your tape is sticking to the side with the image.
3. Once your image is covered, soak it in the bowl of water or spray the paper side with water. Repeat with all your images.
4. Peel/rub the paper off of your images. Play around with the soak times. The longer you leave your images in the water, the easier it will be to peel the paper off. Soaking for a shorter period of time will leave more of the paper on your image.
5. Once you have all your image transfers and they’ve dried, use them to create a collage. The transparency of the images let you play around with layering. You can collage just with your image transfers, on top of another piece of paper, or even on your window. You can also pair them with photographs, other magazine images, or drawings.