Beginning Collage
Beginner | 1 hour 13 min
Learn the basics of collage from multi-media artist, Courtney. From gathering your materials to building a base layer to adding decorative elements, Courtney walks you through the entire creative process of assembling a collage so that you can make a signature masterpiece of your own. This is a perfect class for beginners and those who want to tap into their creativity—in fact, the hardest part about collage is learning how to narrow down your materials and use your “editing eye” to make sure all of the elements work together. Courtney provides lots of advice for how to make these decisions along the way. And if you make a mistake? No problem! Just collage over it and move on.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Base for your collage (Courtney uses a 12"x12" wooden canvas)
  • Gel Medium (Courtney uses Golden Brand Matte Gel Medium)
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Heat gun (optional)
  • Various found paper ephemera
  • Mark making tools (Courtney uses vintage stamps - pens - pencils - China markers - pallet knives and scrapers)
  • Stencils
  • Pattern transfer paper and transfer wheel
  • Photocopies of clip art and found images (Courtney uses Dover Publication clip art books)
  • Stickers
  • Vintage stamps
  • Wax paper and baby wipes
  • Small and large paint brushes
  • Gold leafing kit (optional)
  • Washi or masking tape
  • Acrylic paints
  • All materials are optional!
Learn how to:
  • Sort and select collage materials
  • Burnish
  • Use gel medium
  • Use pattern transfer paper
  • Create freehand drawings
  • Use gold leaf and sizing

What you’ll get:
  • An easy-to-follow on beginning collage
  • 5 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list  
  • Step-by-step instruction by expert instructor and artist Courtney Cerruti
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
530 users recommended this class to a friend
Vicki Huffman
I felt that there wasn’t enough happening on the canvas. Instructor did a good job with the piece it just didn’t look finished.
December 1, 2022
Paula D
I’ve been doing collage for a few years but I still learned some awesome techniques from this class. There is a lot of great information!
More than 3 months ago
Christine Teague
Collage may not be for me, but the class is short enough and clear enough to make it well worth watching for the techniques alone.
More than 3 months ago