Monday, February 27, 2012

Art Project: Press and Stick Collage

The artist at work

This is our second project-of-the-week from MaryAnn Kohl's First Art book, and it was a hit with both of us. This is our first experience with collage (one of the five types of art we'll be exploring along with painting, printing, making marks and sculpture) using the sticky side of Contact paper as a base!

I taped down the paper using painter's tape, and then gave him an assortment of doodads to add: hoarded tissue paper from a gift bag of the past, puzzle pieces that are a lost cause as a puzzle and have been hanging out on our living room floor for a week, the bingo markers that came with the dollar-store loteria set and a bunch of punched-out holes from various documents.

The Contact paper worked much better as an adhesive base than I would have expected--most of the stuff actually stuck!--but it wasn't so sticky that it was going to stick to a wall, never to be separated again.

We'll do this one again someday, especially since I have many many feet left on that roll of Contact paper!

P.S. I would be remiss if I didn't use this space to mention that MaryAnn Kohl is alive, kicking and pinning up a storm on Pinterest!

Final product


  1. Oh I am trying this! Love. We did something similar in the fall with a bunch of leaves but this is way cooler. What was the first project??

  2. The first project was "Busy Printing" which was also great!

  3. I am indeed alive, very much so -- at least the last time I looked in the mirror. I just had macaroni and cheese for breakfast, and that proves I'm alive and kicking. And I do indeed have some amazing stuff saved on my Pinterest boards, so visit soon!

    I'm so glad you had fun doing this easy art idea. Don't you love how it's all the child's own expression and work? Depending on what you have on hand to press and stick, this can be done many times with different results. And repeat, repeat, repeat! The more you do a project, the better the kids get and their skills grow and improve, and the outcomes become more specific and wonderful.

    Also, my blog is full of wonder and amazement (ha ha ha). Go to:

    Or visit my website soon and sign up for my free monthly "ArtsyKidsNEWS" newsletter, a one page mailing full of art ideas. My March edition is ready to go out on March 2, so hurry! Sign up is in the lower right corner:

    Thank you for your post. Sorry this is so long in reply!
    MaryAnn Kohl, art book author

  4. Wow, I'm so honored that you commented on this post, and we will definitely repeat! We did the printing one in different colors and we'll repeat the collage as well. Thank you for sharing all your wisdom about art with kids!

  5. P.S. I already follow your blog and boards, and now I'll do the newsletter as well!