7 things to consider when creating a collage

Collage image depicting climate change

Often, the term 'collage' evokes memories of school scrapbooks, with ad-hoc arrangements of lipstick, floating eyes and mismatched letters torn from the pages of fashion magazines. However, collage can be so much more; it can be a fun weekend art activity, a relaxing hobby for evenings after work, or a professional business, whether that’s selling prints or doing editorial artwork. 

Whatever you turn your collage into, here are some tips that will help you to create a beautiful and balanced piece of artwork, whether you’re working on a computer or going old school with analogue materials. For those going digital, check out this list of awesome collage makers, or see our post on how to make a photo collage in Photoshop.

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Sorcha O'Higgins is a collage artist and freelance writer. With a background in architecture and urban art, she works mostly with existing analogue material to create both abstract and figurative work. Her collages use bold colours, patterns and contrasting elements to create playful, direct and sometimes brazen images.