I often make art collages, and I keep a huge assortment of different papers, clippings, and other collage materials. If you are just beginning to make collages, or you just need new sources for materials, this article will show you where to find all the collage papers and supplies you need.
Thrift stores may not be the best place to find collage materials, but they are by far my favorite place to look. You can find anything in a thrift store, and usually for extremely low prices. But it’s rare to find anything really good, and you have to do frequent searching.
Antique shops are an excellent place to find collage supplies. Much more expensive than thrift stores, but you will be more likely to find old ephemera papers and items that are popular in collage making these days. You can find all types of real vintage collage materials like catalogs, dress patterns, and sheet music.
You can find tons of neat collage stuff in craft stores. All types of cool papers and embellishments of every type you can think of. Hand made papers, rubber stamps and texture pads, lots of shiny, glittery, awesome stuff. But the prices are high, and I try to avoid craft stores like the plague. Once inside, I might never leave. Craft stores are for the girls with rich husbands and too much time on their hands.
Online Collage Websites
Another expensive option, but with an excellent variety of collage materials. Everything from old game pieces like bingo cards, dominos and letter tiles, to selections of vintage papers, financial documents, tickets, tags, and post cards. I’ve listed some of the better ones in the resource box to the left.
Library sales are excellent for finding supplies for your collage art, if you use a lot of books and magazines for your collages. Often you can find vintage ephemera at library sales.
Department stores like Fred Meyer, Wal Mart, and Target usually have a decent selection of collage materials. Usually somewhat expensive, but there are often sales at these stores that make it occasionally affordable for me. You can find things like rubber stamps, pens and paints, embellishments, glues, and relatively good paper arts packs.
You can find collage art materials practically anywhere you look. Brown paper bags and old newspapers can be collage material. Pressed flowers and other things found in nature can be used in collages as well. Interesting fibers pulled from an old scrap of cloth might fit into your collage. I’ve seen all types of materials used in collage art, from sand to scraps of rusty metal. Or maybe you can find interesting wall paper swatches in a paint store. It all depends on you and your imagination.