This particular project had lots of processes for the children to try out and they really enjoyed it. Firstly the students began by sticking different construction bits & pieces like buttons, craft matchsticks, metal washers, punchinella and cardboard shapes etc. onto a thick cardboard base using PVA glue. The children had free reign to create whatever picture they wanted. Once complete the whole of the collage was given a coat of PVA glue, a sheet of thick aluminium foil was cut slightly larger than the size of the collage, allowing the extra for an overlap. The foil was gently crumpled then smoothed out to create texture. Once placed on the collage (starting from the centre) the foil was burnished using the back of a spoon, the edges were folded to the back and glued to secure.
The students were amazed to see their design appear through the foil. Next, black boot polish was applied to the foil with a soft cloth (this was quite smelly & messy, so aprons, an open window & newspaper to protect table surfaces are required). The shapes were outlined with either a black oil pastel or sharpie, this gave definition to the collage shapes. Acrylic paints were mixed with Winsor & Newton Galeria gloss medium, which gives the paint a nice translucent effect, the children applied this to parts (or all) of their collage.
Backgrounds were created, each student was given an A3 sheet of Cartridge paper which they flicked paint colour on, being inspired by their collage. Once dried, we (the adults) glue gunned the collage onto the background. Thinking about where to place the collage was an important part of the process. Decorating the background with buttons & ribbons was optional. Finally, each child had to carefully think about some words to print on their completed artwork which reflected the picture they had just created. When displayed in the school, the pictures were very much admired.