DIY – Some of my favorite things (in collage!)

As an “ever-emerging” emerging artist, I love to experiment and try new techniques and materials. If you’ve taken one of my workshops, you have been introduced to some of my favorite things to work with. Here is a handy reference, with links, of collage and mixed media supplies, including my favorite adhesives. I’ll keep adding to the list as I am constantly trying new supplies!



For small-scale paper and mixed media collages, I like the following substrates:

140 lb (or heavier) Watercolor Paper – I buy the 11″x15″ Fold Over Bound Pad from Canson

Matboard (variety of sizes)

Old Book Covers

Old Game Boards


Depending on the materials, size and application, I will use one or more of the following:

YES Paste – I apply with an old credit card or hotel key card – you can use a plastic putty knife, or these spreaders

Elmer’s EXTREME Glue Stick

Mod Podge (variety of finishes)

Matte Medium – I prefer Golden, but Liquitex is good, too

Gloss Medium – again, Golden or Liquitex

Gel Medium


Other things I couldn’t live without:

Plastic placemat – from the dollar store – easy to clean off the extra glue

Paper cutter (for cutting the watercolor paper to size) – this one is portable and replacement blades are easy to find 

Crazy Papers Workshop

In this workshop, we used the following products to create “crazy papers”:

Citrasolv – for National Geographic magazine transformation, and for image transfers onto paper, wood, and fabric – remember to use Laser printing (toner based), and to reverse any text that you want to transfer.

Neverdull – we used Acrylic Gloss Medium to create a stenciled image, then rubbed the surrounding ink off the National Geographic page with Neverdull, and baby wipes.

You can find my upcoming workshops at Rockport Center for the Arts here.

ALSO – if you were interested in my MERRY TEXMAS / ROCKPORT STRONG t-shirt, here’s a link:



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