The Ultimate List of Collage Art Ideas

For the hobby of the month of collage art, there’s no set schedule for assignments or prompts this time. Here are some great Collage Art ideas to try out yourself

I’ll provide a wide range of ideas to get you started and you can pick the technique that is most appealing to you throughout the month!

Want to know how to get started with collage art? Check out our guide on choosing the right Collage Art tools and supplies right here.

Collage Art ideas


Color is a design element that can be applied in various ways in your collage artwork. Check out these ideas below that revolve around utilizing color.

Use only black and white elements

Newspapers are a great resources for a collage piece that’s only black and white.

Black and White Collage Art

You can also use magazines or any other paper. Try utilizing old school photos or magazine art in order to get that old-school feel.

Use black and white with an accent color

Try the prompt above EXCEPT pick one color as an accent color. The black and white background will really allow your color to pop.

Black and White with accent color

I really love using red as an accent color in my collage art pieces. Check out the Instagram feature below for a great art piece with a red accent.

Use only ONE color

Go for a monochromatic theme and choose only one color to be represented throughout the art work.

Use only one color


I love surrealist art. Surrealism change the rules, altering perspective and scale and always making the impossible possible.

With collage art, you can become a surrealist artist with just some magazines, scissors and glue! Check out some examples of surrealist collage art below!

Change the scale of an object

Changing the size of an object is a popular Surrealist technique. Take an object that is normally small and change the size by adding elements around it to enlarge it!

Change scale of an object

Make things fly

You know how they say pigs can’t fly? Well, in collage art they can! Make objects/people/animals/whatever do things that you would never imagine them doing!

Make Pigs Fly

Join objects together

Use juxtaposition to combine two or more things that don’t relate. Cut out a photo of a cat’s head and place it on the body of a mermaid!

Combine objects together

Dislocate your subjects

Make incredibly bizarre scenes by dislocating an object and placing it an environment you wouldn’t usually find it in.

Dislocate subjects


I don’t know why but I’ve always been obsessed with typography. In collage art, you can do more than just spell out words in your collage art.

Use Text and Typography

You can actually use the text itself. Explore the colors of the type itself and use it to create your artwork or use the text as a symbol.

Photo Rearrangement

Get creative with just one magazine clipping. Collage art doesn’t have to include tons of different paper items.

You can create art from just one image. Find a different way to display one image.

Photo Rearrangement

Manipulate the image by slicing it into multiple pieces or rearranging them more creatively like the examples below.


You can create a collage by focusing on the shapes of your clippings rather than the shape of the image you are cutting out.

Use the same Shape

You can also get creative, cut out different shapes, and layer other pieces of paper underneath like the example below.

Object Replication

You can use newspaper, magazine clippings, construction paper or whatever else you’d like to use to replicate an object.

Object Replication

Focus on the color of your clippings and use them to compile a much bigger image.


The best thing about collage art is that you can up the creativity game and utilize other art mediums. Incorporate any of the art mediums listed below into your collage!

Combine other Art

5 thoughts on “The Ultimate List of Collage Art Ideas”

  1. Love most of the pieces, I don’t like surrealist collages they scare me! My collages are mostly fancy child-like.i love to collage could do it all day and night ,but sometimes I lose my muse and have to take a break thank you for the pics they are wonderful suzi t bklyn ny

    • I agree, love creating collages, but not a fan of surrealistic collages. I prefer whimsy as well! You should share some of your work- I’d love to see!
      I’m just returning to the art of collage; I haven’t done anything since grade school, honestly. But what I’ve been doing, I love incorporating thread, paint pens, post cards, etc.

  2. I collage 9×12 white catalog envelopes…and then I use them to mail address labels orders and handmade #10 envelopes. So very fun. I also like to do the 300-piece jigsaw puzzles. Everyone needs hobbies!
    Thank you for the information you gave. 😀

  3. From a very early age approximately 7 years old l was fascinated with collage and at the time l was being playful exploring simulated and exploring textures in my environment from the gift wrapping paper sometimes gave more pleasure than the birthday gift l received .
    I was diagnosed legally blind at the age of 7
    Now l am almost 69 and my creativity and my Artistic pursuits are now finally having some recognition
    Mainly self taught living my dream !
    Lee Ruth Hirsh Melbourne Australia


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