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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Eric Carle Inspired Collages

I wanted to share with you the collagy characters that are appearing in The Studio recently. The current project is Carle-Inspired Collages and we are using tissue paper and drawing tools, materials inspired by Eric Carle's picture book illustration process. We offer this project every year and it continues to be a favorite with guests who visit us from around the world during these warmer summer months.

To adapt Eric's beautiful and unique style to a family-friendly version, we use colorful "bleeding" and "non-bleeding" tissue papers from Nasco Arts & Crafts. These papers pair well with wax crayons, Crayola color sticks or oil pastels for drawing tools. Right now we're using classic crayons, but we mix it up from time to time. Our papers aren't painted like Eric Carle's, but the tissue can be layered and applied in different ways to create just as interesting a picture.

A lot of people ask us about the adhesive we use for this project. It's undiluted liquid laundry starch, straight from the bottle and we pour a small amount into no-spill paint cups. We've also made free no-spill paint cups with deli containers, which work just as well if you only need a few, are on a tight budget, or just prefer using recycled materials for you art space!

You could also make your own glue, we have a great Homemade Liquid Starch Glue recipe.

Enjoy the images below we've captured of our creative guests' collaging process.

Above, a crinkle folding technique, and below lots of tiny carefully cut shapes combined with larger torn pieces.

Above, a free-form dragon and sky made with small overlapping pieces, and below an asymmetrical mountain landscape with scrunched and torn papers.

Who doesn't love looking at a big beautiful sunflower on a sunny summer day?

We'll be making tissue paper collages in the studio until early September, so stop by and create your own masterpiece to display in The Studio with these many other creations.



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 


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