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Creating an Eco-friendly
Assemblage using found objects
I’ve always been a creative person, but I was never
good at drawing. Once I discovered collage, I never
The most common questions about collage are about
where to get the specialty art papers. At the end of
this ebook, there is a list of resources.
Send me photos of you work! I will put them on my
website. Here’s your chance to share your creations
with the world!
Questions? Email me at LoriKrein@gmail.com, or
contact me through my website,
Supplies and Prep
You will need:
– One piece of lokta or other art paper, for the background
– Plastic box frame
– WeldBond or other strong craft glue
– Acrylic matte medium, Mod Podge, or watered down white glue Small paint brush,
– Found objects (beads, clay tiles (see next slide for instructions), old jewelry, washers,
– Paper towels, small container of water, rag or old towel
To prepare for this project, cover a table with newspaper or an old tablecloth.
Wear an apron or old clothing.
Specialty art paper Plastic box Acrylic Matte Found Objects and clay tiles
for the background frame Medium and Weldbond
How to Make Clay Tiles
Purchase rubber stamps and clay from your local craft
store. Sculpy or any other clay that you can bake in your
over will do.
Roll out the clay. Press rubber stamps into the clay to
create designs. Cut into squares. Bake according to
Allow to cool.
Paint the tiles with colors of your choice.
Before the paint dries, wipe off the excess with a small
piece of a damp sponge, to create the antique look.
Now your tiles are ready for use!
Step 1: Prepare the Background
Cut the background paper slightly larger than the box frame. Make sure the piece is large enough to fold
around the sides of the box.
Cut the corners (see photo) to remove excess paper, which makes it easier to glue down the corners.
Remove the cardboard backing from the box frame and set aside.
Apply a coat of matte medium (thinned a little bit with water) to the paper.
Place paper onto box frame. Starting from the front, smooth out the paper with your fingers or paint brush
to remove all the air bubbles! Its easier to do this if you paint another coat of matte medium onto the top
of the paper. Continue smoothing it out around the edges, and press the paper onto the sides of the box,
then wrap around the back.
Remove the cardboard
Cut the paper to size. backing from the box frame.
It will look like this when
Step 2: Assemble the Found
Gather your found objects. Lay
them out on the surface of your
box frame until you find an
arrangement you are happy with.
Start with the larger pieces then
fill in with smaller ones.
Begin gluing the pieces in the
middle first, then work your way
out to the pieces on the edges.
Use a small paint brush to apply
the glue onto each piece. This will
give you better control over the
amount of glue you use.
Step 3: Let it Dry
After you finish gluing on all the pieces, allow it to dry for 24
Step 4: Final Coat
After the assemblage has dried, you can coat
it with water-based polyurethane. I like to
use gloss, but you can also try a matte finish.
Mod Podge also works great!
If you used a plastic box frame, put the
cardboard backing back in place so you can
hang your artwork on the wall. If you used
something else as your canvas, you will need to
add a hanger onto the back.
Congratulations, your DONE! Now, wrap your
creation and give it as a gift or hang it in your
home and enjoy!
More examples of eco-friendly assemblages.
Decorative Art Paper:
Other art supplies (rubber stamps, clay, canvas, glue,
brushes, matte medium, etc.)
I hope you enjoyed this ebook!
Visit www.LoriKreinStudios.com to see more of my
Check out my other ebooks! I’ll be adding more each
Watch my show, “Lori Krein’s Art Studio” Mondays at
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