Exploring Collage Materials and Instruments: What to Use and Where to Get It

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Are you ready to delve into the captivating world of collage? Maybe you love papers or maybe you just want to make art without having to draw… Let's get right to it and discover where you can find the perfect materials and instruments for your artistic endeavors!

What to Cut With? 

Many things are personal preference when it comes to making art. Many people prefer knives for collage, as you can get highly detailed cuts. Personally I prefer scissors. I have a few different pairs that are various sizes.

  • Scissors: Invest in a quality pair of scissors with sharp blades and comfortable grips. Look for ones specifically designed for crafting, which will make your cutting experience a breeze. A scissor sharpener will keep your scissors sharp and easy to cut with.
  • Craft Knives: You can find these with replaceable blades or the kind that snap off. Always make sure your knife is sharp, or the paper will snag.

What to Glue With? 

  • Glue Sticks: Get yourself a reliable glue stick that's acid-free and washable. These sticks are perfect for securing your paper pieces without leaving a mess. You can find them at most stationery stores or order them online.
  • Matte Medium, White Glue, or Modge Podge: I find liquid glue and a brush to have better staying power than a glue stick. This method can be more messy and you need to make sure your brush doesn’t dry out. I prefer matte medium for most collages.

Papers for Collage

Collage is all about mixing and matching different textures, colors, and patterns. Explore a variety of sources such as magazines, newspapers, tissue papers, wrapping papers, and even recycled materials. Sourcing papers and other material for collage can be a whole activity in itself! This is such a big topic that I will dedicate another post to it soon. Before you go to the store, check what you might already have in your home - You can find unique papers in your recycling bin! Check out local art supply stores for specialty options. 

    Turning Your Collage into “Mixed Media”

    There are many other artistic things you can do with your collage! Draw on it with pencil, pen or marker. Use acrylic paint. Colored pencils and crayons work well too. You can also cut up old or new drawings and paintings to collage with them!


    Add a touch of magic to your collages with embellishments like stickers, buttons, ribbons, and washi tapes. Visit your local craft store, check out scrapbooking sections, or explore online marketplaces like Etsy for a wide range of options.

    Beyond the Basics

    Don't be afraid to think outside the box! Experiment with fabric scraps, dried flowers, feathers, lace, or even old maps to add a unique twist to your collages. Let your creativity guide you and embrace unconventional materials.

    Where to Get Collage Materials

    • Art Supply Stores: Visit your local art supply stores, as they often have a wide selection of collage materials and instruments. Friendly staff can guide you and offer recommendations based on your preferences.
    • Craft Fairs: Attend craft fairs in your area to discover handmade papers, unique embellishments, and even meet local artists who specialize in collage supplies. It's a fantastic opportunity to find one-of-a-kind items.
    • Online Marketplaces: Check out online platforms like Etsy, Amazon, or specialized art supply websites. They offer convenience and a vast array of materials, often from sellers worldwide. Read reviews and compare prices to find the best deals.
    • Thrift Stores: Don't overlook the treasure trove that thrift stores can be. You might stumble upon vintage papers, interesting fabrics, or unexpected materials at budget-friendly prices. Explore and let your creativity be sparked by the hidden gems waiting to be found.

    So, gear up with the right tools and materials, and let your imagination run wild in the world of collage! Whether you prefer a straightforward approach or like to experiment with unconventional items, the key is to have fun and let your creativity shine.


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