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.