Mixed Media Collage:
Easy as 1-2-3 on an ATC
by Jan Mollet Evans
ATCs (Artist’s Trading Cards) or other small size collages can be a fun and challenging way to create compact artwork. They also provide a great way for us to create a “study” for a larger mixed media collage to be created later after we see what works in the smaller scale.
Creative designer Leigh Edwards – a devotee of mixed media long before its recent popularity – taught her students that creating a mixed media collage was as easy as 1-2-3. I find her method is so easy and gives satisfying results every time!
1. The “Ground” Layer: a background of paint, paper, or printed page that covers most of the area of the substrate (canvas, chipboard, cardstock, wood, etc.). It is not going to call attention to itself, but serves as the foundation for the layers to come.
2. The “Image” Layer: the subject of the artwork, which can be painted, stamped, hand drawn, or printed images that cover part of the Ground layer. This can be a single image or several separate images attached to the Ground, but should be presented in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, etc.).
3. The “3-D” Layer: tactile additions to the first two layers, which are flat and smooth. These three-dimensional pieces can be game pieces, small plastic objects, wood shapes, charms, etc., with a depth of less than about 1/8”.
For the examples shown here, I’ve used Crafter’s Pick Decoupage and Collage Gel to attach papers and fabric pieces with Art Sealer over it after it is dry. Ultimate Glue is great for attaching all types of 3-D objects.