Art Journal Every Day: Take a Peek into My 2022 Art Journal (part 4)
The Summer House Painting

Studio Visit #16: Make a Collage Paper Palette

Hello friends!  This week I thought you might be interested to see the collage palette I used in my recent Collage Faces class.

Just as you might swatch paint colors when working on a painting, it's extremely helpful to have a quick reference sheet for collage.  Watch the video for more:

Here are a few reasons you might want to swatch your collage papers (aka create a collage paper palette):

  • Visual Reference: Just like paint swatches, I like to see at a glance what I have on hand.  It helps me to make decisions.
  • Opacity: You can use a non-white piece of paper as your backdrop. This will help you see how the papers will actually look when glued, especially if you're using collage papers that turn translucent when glue is added. 
  • More Cohesive Palette: Listen, we all need a little bit of help when it comes to choosing colors beyond what we normally reach for.  Having a collage paper palette in front of you can help you see what you're missing.  Is it a color?  A value?  A pattern scale?
  • Time-Saving: Swatching can save time during the actual creation of the artwork, based on two reasons already discussed -- making quicker decisions thanks to having a visual reference, and having a more complete palette thanks to doing a bit of work up front.

If you're like me, your first impulse is to jump straight into any artistic project.  However, I believe that taking the time to work out a palette is a valuable step in the creative process.   And that it can lead to better artistic outcomes.

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