Hi, Jessica from BrownPaperBunny here to show you how to make your own fashion illustration collage! It’s super fun and easy! If you’ve got kids, get them to join in and make their own!
- Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil (4H)
- Card or watercolor paper
- Tombow MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue
- Tombow MONO Drawing Pens
- Papers (see note below)
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens
- Tombow Water Brush (optional)
- Glitter /sequins (optional)
For the collage portion of this project, you’ll want to find some scrap papers from around the house. I’m using drawings my three year old said I could cut up. However, you could use catalogs, receipts, old photos, scrapbooking paper or whatever else you think might look interesting.
Step 1: Sketch a Figure
Using your MONO Drawing Pencil, start by lightly sketching out the figure you’re going to dress. This doesn’t have to be fancy. Most of it will be covered up by collage papers. If you don’t feel confident about sketching figures, you can download a template here.
Step 2: Add Color
Using Dual Brush Pens, create a colored background to collage over. This step is optional but if you end up with any gaps between papers you stick on, there will still be some color showing through. I’ve chosen to blend the ink with a Water Brush and add some ink splatters by squeezing the Water Brush while there is still ink on the bristles. It’s up to you whether you want to wet your ink or leave it dry. If you do want to blend it with water, you’ll need to use watercolor or mixed media paper.
Step 3: Add Details
Normally I would add details at the end of an illustration. However, since we’re going to be sticking papers on top of the illustration, I like to add details and line work before the collage stage. Use your MONO Drawing Pens to add details over your pencil sketch to make your lines stand out more.
Step 4: Prepare Your Papers
Rip or cut your found papers into strips, shapes or random pieces so you can arrange them on top of your illustration. I’ve cut mine into leaf shapes and then cut along the edges to give it a textured ‘fringe’ appearance.
Step 5: Stick Everything Down
Using your MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue, start sticking your papers down along the edges and then fill in the center until everything you want to be covered on your illustration is covered.
If you have glitter or sequins and would like to add a little sparkle to your illustration, stick them on last.
You’re all done. You’ve made a fashion illustration collage! You could make these into cards, frame them, send them to a friend or relative or cut them out and make a whole puppet show from them. Whatever you choose to do with yours, we’d love to see. Tag @TombowUSA and @BrownPaperBunny on social media.