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How to Make Mixed Media Collage Art With Your Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
February 25, 2010

How to Make Mixed Media Collage Art With Your Kids

I love the inspiration that new art materials bring. Or, in this case, a new container for the art materials.

Maia worked on this mixed media collage art for well over an hour yesterday afternoon, which is a record for her.

Matboard is great for collages because it is so thick and doesn’t buckle under the glue and other materials applied.

I picked up our supply of matboard remnants for free from a frame shop. Mixed media collage art works great with anything you have laying around the house but here is what Maia used for her collage.

(Note: There are actually two pieces of matboard in these photos, one on top of the other, for no real reason.)

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How to Make Mixed Media Collage Art

How to Make Mixed Media Collage Art With Your Kids - drawing on matboard

Maia started off by drawing a girl onto the matboard with oil pastels.

How to Make Mixed Media Collage Art With Your Kids - glueing on matboard

After drawing, she added glue in copious amounts.

How to Make Mixed Media Collage Art With Your Kids - face with beads & google eyes

Then set in googly eyes and some tiny buttons and beads for the eyes and nose (and for two hands).

How to Make Mixed Media Collage Art With Your Kids – mixed media collage

And a circle of googly eyes around each cotton ball shoe, for good measure.

How to Make Mixed Media Collage Art With Your Kids - adding feathers to collage

Feathers for hair.

How to Make Mixed Media Collage Art With Your Kids - finished mixed media collage

And finally, lots of dried beans for the smile and belt, and some tissue paper to decorate the dress.

She said this was for her friend, Stella, (and her parents) and wrote their names in the corner. While working on the collage, she kept saying, “Stella is going to LOVE this!”

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