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5 Minute Collages

3″X5″ cold press,

9-12 September 2013

Vintage magazines, vintage papers, tissue paper, 3″X5″ cold press papers, matt medium.

I am always open to fresh inspiration, and to learn and be challenged. Keep growing. I am taking Randel Plowman’s online class, Experiments in Collage. Randel has written a wonderful book “The Collage Workbook”. It is full of inspiration and techniques for collage. The Experiments in Collage class is full now but he will be having another class sign up soon. These are for our first assignment, 5 minute collages. You set a timer and you only have 5 minutes to do each collage. Each collage is 3″X5″ on cold press paper.  Click on each image for a larger view. I can already see changes I would make in the next ones. They are very fun and challenging to do. I can’t wait for our next assignment.

2018-05-03T13:39:50+00:00September 13th, 2013|Art Journals|9 Comments


  1. Seth September 13, 2013 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    These are great. I love the idea of quick collages — stops the overthinking from happening.

  2. Orly September 13, 2013 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    OH SO MUCH FUN…what a rush I can imagine, I’d love to do that. These are beautiful Brian.
    Always my cheers for openness “to fresh inspiration, and to learn and be challenged.”

  3. thomaslabadia September 13, 2013 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    These are so amazing….now I must try it. I’ve never done anything in 5 minutes with the exception of eat a hamburger!

  4. Kate Burroughs September 14, 2013 at 12:24 am - Reply

    I bought Randal Plowman’s book when it first came out but I haven’t done any practice. These turned out great! Have you seen iHanna’s collages? These remind me of hers although they are quite different. Maybe it’s just the collage technique that looks similar. Fun!
    Aloha, Kate

  5. marcia September 14, 2013 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Brian, those are great. I love the first one! I’m a fan of Randel’s book too.

  6. Monica aka The Creative Beast September 14, 2013 at 2:30 am - Reply

    These 5 minute collages look great Brian! The little piggy trying to get to second base makes me laugh =-)
    I will have to check out the book and online workshop – thanks for linking to them!

  7. scrapbox9 September 14, 2013 at 6:15 am - Reply

    These are great fun, Brian! I have Randel’s book and have tried these myself. Unfortunately, I frequently find myself wanting to add some additional piece(s) in the first few seconds after the timer goes off. It takes real discipline to stay on-task, and STOP(!), and move on to the next 3 x 5!

  8. Terry Garrett September 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    I love these too Brian- It was so fun to do this project for the class- I need to try to do this more often- wonder about a time limit for a journal spread- like 15 minutes… could be interesting.

  9. Darlene K Campbell September 16, 2013 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Going to look for the book and I may set the timer and see how I do. I imagine I’d have to leave the “thinking” at the door and just explore. It’d be a good experiment for me to do this every day for a week….Whee!

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