In addition to being a fine artist and decorative artist, I’m also a collage artist. One of my favorite surfaces to work on right now are the tags you find at office supply stores. These tags serve as mini supports for collage, which helps me brush up on my composition and color skills. Tag art also serves as a great way to incorporate the many scraps of art I tend to collect.
To make your mini collages, use dry glue (such as glue stick) to add magazine clippings, paper, newspaper, scraps of fiber—or any of the other bits and pieces in your studio—to the tag. Once complete, use the tags as gift cards, bookmarks or simple decorations in a shadow box.
I hate to waste, so I also keep these cards nearby to wipe my brush on before I clean them. Eventually I get a beautiful mottled background to work with. This procedure also works well on brown wrapping paper to make custom gift wraps.
Wende Caporale is a master pastelist with the Pastel Society of America. She teaches pastel at the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts in New York and has given demonstrations of her techniques for the Portrait Society of America and American Society of Portrait Artists. Her work is featured in Pastel Interpretations (North Light Books) and The Art of Pastel Portraiture (Watson-Guptill).