Create an abstract collage – Shelley Klammer

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Over the years, as a collage artist, I have become increasingly dissatisfied with the quality and quantity of the images in magazines. For this reason, I prefer to buy older magazines from thrift stores because the quality of the paper and images is much better.

The magazines are also a lot thinner than before, but I still subscribe to various magazines at the moment. Even though the images are rarer and limited, I start cutting them out for collage as soon as they are delivered to my door!

Adjusting over time, I recently experimented with abstract collage, and I really enjoy it! Not so much dependent on imagery, I cut pieces of patterns and colors into interesting shapes.

Since I no longer need to deal with such heavy emotions through my art, my collage process has become much more peaceful and contemplative. If you want to follow my approach, I document my contemplative abstract collages on Instagram.

I find that the abstract collage suits my meditative purpose very well, because I like to sit in quietude contemplating my different compositions. I usually work on 3-6 collages at a time – sometimes for a very long time.

Expressive art process:

~ Choose several colorful and patterned pages from a magazine. You can also use patterned scrapbooking papers.

~ Cut your papers and pages into geometric and organic shapes.

~ Spend time rearranging them meditatively on your backing paper.

~ When you feel satisfied with the arrangement, glue all the pieces with a glue stick.

Abstract collage 5 Shelley Klammer

With love Shelley


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