I have found that working 11 x 17 inches or larger is far easier than working small. Most of these images are that size or 18 x 24 inches. To be fairly successful, you'll need to prepare 5 layers or more to be cut up. Each layer is different. I have a few suggestions we used but I can imagine hundreds of different possibilities. Whatever you create will need to be cut up, so more than 8 layers may be too much. We did 5 or 6. Thinner textures were glued to drawing paper to make them more rigid. Spray glue works wonders for this.
- Newspaper/old book pages
- Aluminum Foil-wringed or fairly smooth
- Wrapping paper
- Hand painted papers with large brushed textures
- Faux Aged parchment, soaked in coffee or brown paint
- Fabric glued to a paper substrate
- Paper full of scribbles
- Bubble Printed Pages
- Black Paper
Each day we created 2 or three papers, saving techniques we needed to dry out as the last of that day. So we might do foil, and wrapping paper, then finish with a hand painted paper that was allowed to dry overnight.
When you have your set of papers, add one more blank drawing paper to the top of your pile. Line them all together in a stack and staple through all of them, about 3 to 4 times on each side. If you have access to a long arm stapler, add 4 to 6 more staples inside the page. These staples will prevent the papers from fanning out as they are being cut. If you've ever cut 10 sheets of paper in a pile, you know the papers "creep" and fan out. This alleviates much of the problem.
When you have an image, you'll need to decide how to divide up the larger portions of the image, particularly the background. I have a VIDEO that explains part of the process.
The results, as you can see below, are strong. We found that Elmer's Glue, and 3M Permanent Glue Stick seemed to work best to assemble work. Rubber cement too is great if you have a well ventilated room.