Hello! Let’s make a collage poster!
Collages are fun and easy to do. By piecing together different images that you might find in magazines, newspapers, online or even copies of your own photographs you can create wonderful pictures or in this case a wonderful colourful poster that captures the attention and conveys an important message..
The first step is to decide on your design or theme. Think about the message you want to convey. We have chosen a rainbow theme which I’m sure you have seen in a lot of windows recently. A rainbow is so colourful it instantly cheers you up even when you are having a bad day and it reminds us that even after the heaviest rainfall the sun comes out and light and colour are all around us. We have mixed the rainbow theme with vintage images, that were used to keep people’s spirits up during the war. We want to cheer people up but we also want them to understand it is important to stay at home!
1. Once you have chosen your theme, have a look for an image to build your collage around.
2. Start to collect pictures and words/letters to make your collage interesting and colourful.
You can use: old magazines; old newspapers; copies of photographs; scraps of wallpaper; old greetings cards; coloured paper even your own drawings.
Please be careful not to use things that you or your parents want to keep. If you have a scanner you can make copies of original images or you can use the camera on your phone to take a picture of the image you want and then print it. DON’T cut up original photos unless Mum and Dad have told you its ok!!!
3. Select the base for your collage. I have used A3 paper.
Glossy paper is not advisable as it doesn’t take glue very well.
4. Cut out your images and letters and words.
5. Lay out your images on your paper. DON’T GLUE ANYTHING!!.
Once you have laid everything out the way you like it and you don’t want to add anything or make any changes take a picture with your phone (you can refer to this later when you do start gluing things down).
6. Clear the images off your base paper. You are ready to start gluing!!
Firstly glue your background images to your base paper, followed by the middle ground and then the foreground images. Be careful not to swamp your paper with glue if you are using PVA glue.
7. Finally if you want to create a colourful frame around your poster you can use your offcut bits of paper to make an eyecatching frame.
8. Once you have finished your poster you could add some beautiful embellishments like sequins or buttons, glitter or feathers. Or just leave it as it is, hang it in the window so the world can be cheered by its colour and beauty.
And don’t forget to share your work with us on Instagram, Twitter and FB! Here’s a couple I made earlier….
By Sam Perkins
My name is Sam we’ve been living in Acton for 15 years now. My son went to Derwentwater Primary School and we love our neighbourhood. I moved around a bit as a kid and I’ve lived in Nottingham, Jamaica and the Cotswolds. I came to London 27 years ago and although I dream of living by the sea I would really struggle to leave this lovely community, you’d all have to come with me!! I love craft projects, happiness for me is an empty cardboard box, a hot glue gun, a craft knife and an uninterrupted afternoon!! I have always loved messing around with card, paper, wire, paint and anything that sparkles. I actually get more excited about the box from Amazon than the stuff I’ve ordered inside it! I hope you’ll enjoy making some of the projects I show you and perhaps be inspired to make something even better!!! Big tip: save some cardboard from the recycling it will definitely come in handy ? Big hugs and keep smiling!! X Sam