paper collages

A Helpful Hand/Χερι Βοηθειας

Paper collage by Angela Zafiris

I was inspired to make this collage by the act of solidarity toward Greece during last August’s horrific fires. Many volunteer firefighters from Greece and beyond as well as professional firefighters and equipment from: France, Romania, Poland, Cyprus, Ukraine, Israel, Serbia, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and Russia lent a helping hand to Greece.

We are very grateful and thank everyone who helped Greece in the time of need.

In a world that is facing many crises it is a beautiful thing to see people come together; to see the humanity in a time of aggression, anger and division. .

Balancing Act/Ασκηση Ισορροπίας


‘Balancing Act’ collage art on paper by Angela Zafiris

Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.” Dr. Seuss

You can’t say it better than children’s book author Dr. Seuss!

Collage Mosaics/Κολάζ Ψηφιδωτά


Some tiny works of art made from torn papers from magazines. The collage mosaic on the left depicts a beach scene and the mosaic on the right an olive branch.

Μερικά μικρά έργα τέχνης κατασκευασμένα από σκισμένα χαρτιά από περιοδικά. Το ψηφιδωτό κολάζ στα αριστερά απεικονίζει μια σκηνή παραλία και το ψηφιδωτό στα δεξιά ένα κλαδί ελιάς.

Collage Cover Sleeve



I made a mix tape of old Greek songs for a friend of mine who came to Greece this past summer.  I had nowhere to put the Cd, so I thought I’d make my cd sleeve using the templates from this site :

Yes, it was a little too hot to do this sort of thing, but I think that it was worth it and my friend was very happy to receive this gift 😉

Charybdis and Precious Time/Χάρυβδις και Ο Πολύτιμος Χρόνος

Charybdis and Precious Time

Paper collage on 40 x 40 cm canvas
By Angela Zafiris

When I began making my artwork I had no idea what the theme would be i just worked from intuition placing images together on the canvas. When I was done, I decided that I was going to call it ‘Precious Time’ since I used jewels and faces of watches. That same day I was on the internet when I cam across an article n about mythological creatures. One creature that caught my attention was that of Charybdis.  In Greek mythology Charybdis was the daughter of Poseidon and Gaia . She was once a beautiful naiad who was turned into a sea monster by Circe, a witch, who was extremely jealous of the maiden. Charybdis is the personification of a whirl pool in the ocean that sinks Greek ships. She is referenced in Homers’ ‘The Odyssey’ where Odysseas is faced with Scylla (another monster) and Charybdis in a narrow strait and where Scylla took the lives of some of his crew men.

Was it mere coincidence? Fate? Whatever it was I just thought it was so odd how I came across this mythology that I wasn’t very familiar with on the day that I was to name and publish my artwork on my site.  Artwork that might  have been inspired by the mythology but was not-or maybe it was… perhaps subconsciously?

Free Woman

By Angela Zafiris
Collage on paper 24 x32 cm

Happy New Year! Today is the Chinese new year and I believe-like the Chinese that the New Year starts at the end of  January and not at the beginning. This gives me more time to work on my resolutions for this year ;)))

The idea for my new collage titled ‘Free Woman’ came to me last week. It’s my first completed collage of the year. I used white tissue paper for the background and added some colour.  The bird coming out of the woman represents the free bird hidden within all of us waiting to be set free. I like to use text in my collages. I like to write poetry, so I put some text with poetry that I wrote and pasted it onto the bird.

“Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free til they find someone just as wild to run with them.”

Sex and the City quotes

Two Collages


Mixed-media by Angela Zafiris

For this collage I used a photograph of a red rose that I had taken in my garden. I altered the photograph by sanding the photo and then I painted the photo with acrylics. I then scratched the photo and I wrote a little poem which isn’t visible in the scan. The gold clover leaf is a real clover leaf that I sealed in rice paper. I painted the leaf gold with gold acrylic paint.


Mixed-media on paper by Angela Zafiris

For ‘My Bliss’ collage I used a lot more colour but it is darker than the scan. I used images from magazines, oil pastels, black markers and acrylics.

No Homage to Bacchus -Καθολου Σεβας Προς το Θεο Διονυσο

Paper Collage by Angela Zafiris

“Gracious Bacchus! Accept this empty jar! You will know best, what in pious worship of thee became of all the first”.- Eratosthenes (Greek scientific writer, astronomer, and poet, 276-194bc)

“Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune”.  Thomas Fuller (British Clergyman, Writer, 17th Century)