I feel like I see a lot of people making truly gorgeous collage fodder. It's just so lovely to look at. Not me. I make ugly fugly collage paper. Why? There are a lot of reasons to make ugly collage paper:
ONE: It lowers the stakes around cutting into your collage fodder. Here is a piece of copy paper that I had no problem cutting up.
TWO: You need contrast to make your work sing. If you always use the things you love: i.e. the same colors, patterns, scale, etc. then your work will be boring. Grab that paper that you think is "ugly" -- wrong color, wrong pattern, wrong scale...just wrong. Add it to your work and see what happens. For example:
THREE: If every step of the artistic process involves thinking and planning and judging -- it's too exhausting for me. I want the "making collage paper" stage to be without any concerns or expectations. Here are some examples of the treasured ugly collage paper in my stash:
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