Collaging is the interesting activity which involves putting together a collection of items, like photographs, leaves, or anything else, artistically. The term has its roots in the French word 'coller' which means glue. In the beginning of the 20th century Picasso and Braque coined this word and used this art form in oil paintings. Though collaging may not necessarily be confined to paintings, it also uses ribbons, photographs, articles, newspaper cuttings as well.? During the 10th century in Japan and later in the 13th century in Europe the art gained immense popularity.
To make a stunning collage, you need to first decide on the medium. Numerous collages have been seen in paintings, wood, buildings, and even books. So before you begin collaging, pick a medium that is feasible for your interests, and is most suited to your sensibilities. For wooden collages you will require, wood shavings, small piece of furniture, or any other wooden piece, which are then glued to either paper or canvas to create a collage. Collages in paintings are easier, all you require are colors and unconventional imagination.
Decoupage, Photomontage, Digital Collages
Decoupage and Photomontage are also forms of collages. Digital collages are another form, where digital tools are used to create a collage on the computer. Another such interesting form of collage is a literary collage where a narrative or a theme is created using pictures in various books. Some people even create musical collages, where music is cut and mixed, this is somewhat similar to what present day disc jockeys do. If none of these are your cup of tea, then if you try hard enough, you might create your own category of collages. Collaging is all about expressing yourself through variety, within or across mediums.
Involving a lot of creativity, the creator needs to be able to visualize what he/she wants the world to see using something that already exists. The beauty of a collage is dependent on how original it is. As a collage is derived from the work of others there are at times copyright issues attached to it. This makes some forms of collages specifically restricted. Some of the world famous collages are preserved in galleries across the world for us to see.