This artwork features a hand-painted medallion design collaged with intense color washes and splatter effects. It’s part painting, part block printing or rubber-stamping project, and part collage art.
If you like this idea, we invite you to make your own interpretation of this collage using our free step-by-step instructions. Feel free to use our instructions as-is, or to use them as jumping-off point for inspiring your own creative vision. Either way, your finished collage will hopefully turn out frame-worthy, and would be lovely to use for home decor; it would also make a spectacular gift.
If you ever do any tie-dye or fabric dying, this project is a fantastic way to use up some of your leftover dyes when you have finished using them for their original intended purpose. If not, you can use paints instead of dyes for effects that are every bit as lovely and interesting.
- Bristol Board
- Fiber reactive fabric dyes and squirt bottles, or watercolor paints and paintbrushes.
- Batik block, wood block or rubber stamp. In the project sample, I used a square medallion batik block, but you could use just about any large background stamp to get interesting results.
- Stamping ink
- Metallic paints such as Lumiere by Jacquard Products plus suitable paintbrushes for use with them
- Sponge brushes
- Scissors and / or paper trimmer
- Adhesive — If you don’t know which adhesive to use, I recommend Zip Dry paper glue, but feel free to use whichever adhesive you like paper crafting with.
- Paint washes of color onto a 5-inch square of Bristol board using dyes or watercolors. You can use squirt bottles, paintbrushes and / or sponge brushes to accomplish this. Allow the piece to dry before proceeding.
- Using the batik block or stamp, stamp an image onto the colored Bristol board.
- Color in the motifs using metallic paints or the media of your choice. Set aside to dry.
- Paint washes of color onto a sheet of Bristol board using dyes or watercolors.
- When both pieces are dry, collage them together using adhesive.