Stacks of Color + Pattern: Sweet Collage Technique

Hi daisies! This is an easy peasy collage technique that brings together papers you've painted, found papers, magazine clippings, gelatin prints, even mop-up pages! Once you start looking you will find interesting patterns and marks everywhere:) Try this on loose watercolor paper or a watercolor journal, and use watercolor or gouache as your painting medium. Or make a MINI version on an index card!

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I was looking through videos from my
"vintage" workshops looking for gems that you guys might like! 

A sweet collage idea. Tammy Garcia https://daisyyellowart.com

I thought you might enjoy these 2 little collage techniques from my "vintage" abstract watercolor/gouache 2013 workshop Painted Paper Paradise. 

The basic idea?

Work on your pages in portrait orientation.

Start by drawing [or machine stitching] a loose "frame" around the page with a pencil.

Then build a collage! Don't worry about things "matching" but rather select a variety of colors/patterns with interest and movement. You'll notice that I usually cut things out as I go, but I do keep a stash of already-cut-up papers too! 

No measuring! Guesstimate everything! 

After gluing down all of the collage bits, paint around everything with watercolor or gouache. That's why you'll want watercolor paper - it gives the most LUSH outcome! You can draw edging around the collage elements with a water-soluble pencil or Neocolor II wax crayons. [Quick guide to Caran D'Ache Neocolors].

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A sweet collage idea. Tammy Garcia https://daisyyellowart.com

VIDEO: Stacks of Color Collage

In this version, there's one tall stack of rectangular papers with lots of space around them. The watercolor paper is painted with bright rainbowy colors like a sweet dessert:) The washi tape is added at the end as a little extra twist with even more patterns. 

A sweet collage idea. Tammy Garcia https://daisyyellowart.com
A sweet collage idea. Tammy Garcia https://daisyyellowart.com

VIDEO: Stacks of Pattern Collage

In the second video, I create a page with words at the top plus a grid of 9 slightly more square-ish papers that are fairly close together. 

A sweet collage idea. Tammy Garcia https://daisyyellowart.com
A sweet collage idea. Tammy Garcia https://daisyyellowart.com
A sweet collage idea. Tammy Garcia https://daisyyellowart.com
A sweet collage idea. Tammy Garcia https://daisyyellowart.com
A sweet collage idea. Tammy Garcia https://daisyyellowart.com