Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Collage artist Megan Coyle

People are often curious about how I construct my collages, so I thought I'd share a few photos of the materials I use. Several of these pictures were included in my PowerPoint for the "Stories in Paper" artist talk.

Collage artist Megan Coyle

For all my "work in progress" I use scissors, magazine pages, and Elmer's acid-free glue sticks. Some people ask if I ever use X-Acto knives and I don't - I've found that good old scissors work fine for me. I think X-Acto knives would be something I'd use if I wanted to be very precise with the shapes I cut out. Since my goal is to make each collage reminiscent of a painting, there isn't a need to be so precise with the shapes of my magazine cut-outs. It works better if my shapes are eye-balled and looser.

I use acid-free glue sticks as I work because of how flexible they are. The glue isn't permanent, thus I can easily lift up collage pieces and move them around. I can peel back magazine strips in certain areas to let previous layers shine through. Once I'm finished with a piece, I go back in and varnish the entire work to seal it all together and to help protect the paper.

Collage artist Megan Coyle

Usually I'll work with a couple piles of magazines surrounding me. That way my materials are at my fingertips - I can easily grab a magazine and start paging through it if I'm searching for a specific color or have an idea of a texture I'd like.

Collage artist Megan Coyle

Sometimes I'll tear out magazine pages based on their color and texture and file them away in folders. That way, if I'm working on a collage and I'm in need of a specific color, I don't have to hunt around for long - I can simply pull out the folder filled with magazine pages of that color.

Collage artist Megan Coyle

Here's a picture of me working with a glue stick and scissors as I cut out magazine strips for a landscape piece. This picture was taken by a writer from the Gazette Packet who wrote an article about the visiting artist program that I've been a part of.

Collage artist Megan Coyle

And here's an older picture of myself sitting on the floor working away on a collage I completed in 2008. Sometimes the floor is just the best workspace - you can really spread out with all your piles of paper.

So that's everything for now. I'll revisit my process another time to focus on another aspect of it.


Joan Elizabeth said...

Thanks for this insight. Are you a voracious reader of magazines or do you have the whole family collecting them for you?

cindy said...

you really make magic from the simplest of supplies!

Beth Niquette said...

It is really great to see how you work on your pieces. I'm a floor person, too--although, at my age, I'm not so sure how long I'll be able to sit cross legged! lol

What a talented young lady you are! I'm just in awe of your artwork.

justdoodleit said...

Nice...sitting on the floor and doing art is the best...like childhood days all over again:)