Monochromatic Collage: Red Study

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is around the corner so we have moved on from winter themed projects and are getting arty with all things pink and red.

My girls, especially my youngest, love to cut and glue so we have had a lot of fun projects involving collage materials. You all may remember my Green Study Monochromatic Collage last spring.  We decided to do a different version featuring the color red. See our materials and steps below for our Monochromatic Collage: Red Study.


  • Sturdy cardboard
  • Collage materials in shades of RED: tissue paper, scrapbook paper, fabric scraps, paint swatches, produce mesh
  • Various embellishments in shades of red:  straws, buttons, pom poms, yarn, washi tape
  • Glue

I gathered my materials by picking out reds and pinks from my bins of previous collage projects. I had a lot of great fabric scraps leftover from our Sew A Softie 2018: Bird Softie and our Gee’s Bend Inspired Quilts. We also had paper scraps from this fun Contact Paper Collage from last year…yes, I save all the remnants!

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I also added in some cut up pink straws, pieces of pink yarn, patterned washi tape, pom poms, and some red produce mesh that we also used for our Funky Chickens and provides some nice texture.

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I’ve been collecting cardboard scraps in a variety of thicknesses and colors for our projects and opted for pieces that were already white for this Valentine’s theme. They varied in size but the ones we used were roughly 8″x10″.

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I set out this Invitation to Create for an after school activity. They immediately flocked to it and began gluing their selected pieces but they came and went over the course of a couple days…which is wonderful about process art! I left the materials out and they would come back to it to add a little more when they felt like it. They decided when it was done.

The image below is when I thought my oldest was over it. Keep scrolling to when she came back to it.

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Our finished collages:


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Pin for later!monochromaticred

Looking for more COLLAGE Art projects? Check out our Puzzle Piece CollageGee’s Bend Inspired QuiltsFall Crow Collages

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