Create a landscape collage


Collage of a Lake District landscape

You will need:

  • A piece of paper
  • Pencil
  • Old magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  1. Start by deciding what sort of landscape you’d like to create and looking at a few photos for some inspiration – we’ve gone for the Lake District.

  2. On the paper roughly mark out the main areas that will make up your picture e.g. sky, hills, lake, foreground. 

    Rough sketch of landscape layout

  3. Go through the old magazines and cut out areas of colour that you think will work well in your picture. Don’t worry too much about what the the fine details in the coloured scraps show, this will add texture to your picture. 

    Scraps of colour paper from old magazines for collage

  4. Cut pieces of the coloured paper into shapes and start to lay them out onto the picture you sketched out. Have fun moving the colours around, changing the shapes and layering them.

    Landscape collage work in progress

  5. Once you’re happy with an area of the picture carefully lift each piece of paper in turn and stick it back down with glue.

  6. Keep working until you’ve created your entire picture.

    Finished landscape collage with rough edges

  7. You may choose to fold back or cut away the overhanging edges, or decide that they add to the finished effect.