Art Collage Project


Creating a collage artwork inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, and in particular Charles Rennie MacKintosh and Margaret MacDonald is the focus of the main art project for this Module Three.

During this module we explored pastel colours and tints, neutrals and making greys without using black. We also made rose drawings and painted stylized roses using different paint techniques to be incorporated in collages. Carbon copy paper drawings is the other technique we explored and these drawings inform the process for creating collages with symmetrical and duplicated drawn elements.


For the artwork we will be creating a design inspired by Rennie Mackintosh’s iconic stylized floral panels. There are examples of stained glass, textile designs, furniture and ceramic tiles to draw inspiration from. It is important not to copy designs directly, but rather to combine elements from the various sources to come up with your own creation. You do not need to use roses as flower focus either: have a look at the tiles in the link for ideas about stylized flowers.

Here’s a Pinterest board for Arts and Craft design inspiration.

There are three videos with demonstrations of collages made with inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movement. One focuses on incorporating stylized leaves in a symmetrical design, another uses drawings of the foliage of roses in combination with a monoprinted leaf (Module Two) on a deli sheet.

You can create your artwork with a combination of techniques and use of textured and coloured deli papers.. The use of carbon copy paper in the design and as creative process offers new options for mark making, layering, duplicating and ways to create symmetrical designs.

Drawing with carbon copy paper also offers a kind of freedom by allowing drawn lines to be built upon, altered, and positioned in ways to create dynamic artworks. It is a good way to explore drawing and texture as central collage components. It's best to keep colour combinations limited, include neutral shades together with colour to add interest and compliment the arrangement.

Do one collage incorporating different elements as shown in the video demo, or make a few artworks to explore the processes in more detail.

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