Collage Challenge

I love collage as an art form. I use it when I am exploring ideas for new work but in February I joined a challenge on instagram to post a collage each day from a word prompt. The word prompts were all supplied at the beginning of the challenge so there was the option to do all, or a few in advance but I chose to make one a day and only thought about it on the day. This challenge was organised by the Edinburgh Collage Collective @edinburghcollagecollective.

This is a great book to start with. It encourages you to let go of all preconceived ideas and inhibitions and has lots of hints and tips for creating collages as well as a pad of different images and papers that shouts “USE ME” on the cover. Letting go and seeing where things take you is surprisingly relaxing and exciting at the same time.

At Christmas I treated myself to the following book by Maria Rivens who is an amazing collage artist. As well as ideas for projects there are pages and pages of images to use to collage with.


I used this opportunity to both develop potential ideas for my cyanotypes, smoke art and paintings as well as experimenting outside my comfort zone.Here is one of my collages, the prompt was ‘paint’.

I enjoyed myself so much I am planning a series of prints of some of the collages that I created that will be going onto my website soon, so keep a look out for them!

To see the wonderful variety of work created during February on check out #februllage and #februllage2021 on instagram.

I discovered some brilliant artists and I hope you will too.