Comic & Reading Book Collage Silhouettes: Nerdy Craft Tutorial
Want to create some fun but classy decor pieces for your home that show off your love for your favorite fandom or geek character? This easy, DIY tutorial will show you how. Read on to find out how to create your own gallery pieces!
-Comic books or reading novel to be recycled
-X-acto knife (optional)
-Glue (I used glue stick)
-Clear Sealant (I used Modge Podge)
-Poster board -1 for gluing pages to and 1 for collage silhouette background
-Poster board or matting (optional)
1. Decide if you want to use comic books or a reading novel to create your collage; this will probably depend upon what image(s) you decide to use. I chose to do a smaller 3-set collection of Spiderman, Doctor Octopus, and Green Goblin using Spiderman comic pages. I also decided to do 1 large Rohan horse banner using pages from the Lord of the Rings. (I had originally wanted to do the Tree of Gondor, but decided its parts were too thin to showcase the look I was hoping to achieve by using a book page collage.)
2. Find an image to use as a template online. The possibilities are endless here. Choose a fandom subject with strong symbols, images, or characters that can be recognized in silhouette. In addition to my choices, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, and the Avengers easily pop into mind. (Remember to please respect any copyrights.)
3. Once you have your image chosen, print it to your desired size to be used as a tracing template. For large projects, I suggest building a projector, using this article: “How to Turn Your Phone Into a DIY Photo Projector for $1,” or trying out Block Posters.
4. Cut your comic book or novel up and glue the pieces into a collage. If you’re like me, this step will feel slightly dirty; even though I knew I was rescuing a once well-loved book and giving it new life. To keep parts and pieces secure, seal your project after finishing the collage; I used a light layer of modge podge on mine.
5. Trace your design onto the collage and cut it out. An X-acto knife may be helpful for inside cuts.
6. Glue or adhere your collage silhouette to your background poster board.
7. (Optional) For added design, cut your background poster board out in the shape of the banner, shield, or crest your image belongs to, then glue that down to another sheet of poster board.
8. Add a mat to border your project (and to add some elegance) then frame and enjoy!
I had originally wanted a 1 inch matting border around the Spiderman series, but something got lost in translation -either during the sizing or printing step. I think it ended up okay with the smaller border though.
I still want to get a smaller frame for my Rohan horse banner. Right now it’s too tall -I would rather my yellow matting border be equal all the way around.