adrienne mason art

glue + paper + scissors = collage



From time to time I get asked about collage—how to start, what glue to use, how to “do it.” My answer would just be to get yourself a glue stick (I prefer UHU) and a sheet of paper and start to tear and stick. Be warned though, soon every bit of paper you see is potential fodder for your next collage. Here are a few resources I’ve found helpful and please feel free to add your suggestions in the comments section below.


Artist Jane Davies has great on-line workshops, some of which are self-directed. I enjoyed Text & Image when I took it and I am seriously eyeing some of her painting workshops. Her compositions are really inspiring. (I just wish the Canadian dollar would turn around!)

Randel Plowman (he of A Collage a Day) has several on-line workshops. I took the techniques in collage course and found is useful for learning some new techniques, thinking about composition, etc.

And, oh, Melinda Tidwell. I need to get to Santa Fe.

Books & Magazines

Kolaj is the only magazine I know of that is dedicated to collage. It’s published four times a year and is a great mix of portfolios, profiles, notes on upcoming shows, historical pieces, etc. (And it’s Canadian which makes me proud!)

The Trickster’s Hat: A Mischievous Apprenticeship in Creativity by Nick Bantock.

Collage: Contemporary Artists Hunt and Gather, Cut and Paste, Mash Up and Transform by Danielle Krysa (aka The Jealous Curator).

The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired by Randel Plowman.


Melinda Tidwell has started a great series on her blog: Composition Ideas to Make Your Work Stronger, which I’m finding very helpful.


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