Paper is what most people think of using for collage work. It’s incredibly versatile as you can use it in different thicknesses, colours and textures from the thinnest, lightest papers such as newspapers and tissue paper through to wallpapers, old greeting cards and corrugated packaging. Above you can see just how effective the fibres of paper can be to soften the feel and frame an image. You might prefer a mix of hard lines cut with scissors or a craft knife and some torn scraps. It adds contrast and interest to your work.
Designs don’t have to be complicated and very often it is the simplest of ideas that work best in collage work. Scattering offcuts from craft work, guillotining and trimming can be all you need to create a pleasing abstract design. Combining a couple of well chosen magazine images carefully positioned and accurately placed can produce stunningly clever effects.