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It’s all about Painting Pictures with Paper!

We’re painting pictures in the studio this week by exploring images and creating them using paper. Paper is extremely versatile and comes in different colours, textures, thicknesses, finishes, and weights. From simple to elaborate, a paper collage can be a really fun way to experiment creatively and try something different for a change.

Choose from our variety of papers: magazines, sheets of music, origami paper, scrapbooking paper, wax paper, coffee filters, tissue paper, wall paper, corrugated paper, cardboard, foil, dress making paper patterns and even good old tractor feed computer paper! Use these to create a vast array of finished collage projects. Come with your own ideas, or be inspired by some of our in-studio examples. Here are some neat artists who are known for their paper arts and a few examples of paper pictures to get you started!

Artist and activist Sandhi Schimmel Gold uses 100% hand-cut recycled paper waste material, such as magazines, newsprint, greeting cards, and flyers and transforms them into paper portraits with a strong message:

“My work reflects society’s obsession with beauty in advertising. My junk-mail mosaic portraits are a purposeful intermix of thousands of pieces — images and text — hand cut and manipulated to assemble a newly envisioned portrayal of beauty, utilizing materials that would otherwise go to waste.”
– Sandhi Schimmel Gold

Schimmel Art

For amazing collage sculptures that are made by layering paper cuttings and applying gauche for detail, check out local Victoria artist Morgana Wallace!

Morgana M Wallace

Here are a few neat paper collage images!


Nancy Standlee

Painting pictures using paper is a great way to expand your repertoire of techniques, and also to get out of a creative rut. As painters, sometimes we feel stuck in a medium, or like we end up painting the same thing over and over again. Using a different medium forces our brain to exercise another part of itself, and often creativity pours out because we’ve uncorked a blockage. We’d love for you to join us at our Open Studio Sessions this week on Monday from 6-9pm or Wednesday from 10am-1pm. See you there!

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