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Story Illustration with Paper

A course by Estrellita Caracol
Visual artist and illustrator. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined December 2013
, Visual artist and illustrator

Explore the possibilities of paper and learn to illustrate using collage techniques

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (773)
  • 10605 students

Explore the possibilities of paper and learn to illustrate using collage techniques

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (773)
  • 10605 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 14 lessons (1h 54m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Illustration covers a vast array of possibilities that includes different materials and techniques. Achieving a specific result can depend on the technique you choose, and that makes experimentation fundamental. The artist Estrellita Caracol specializes in illustration through collage. Despite having majored in Design, her passion for paper led her to discover an uncharted territory: children’s illustrations using collage techniques. When the opportunity arose, she picked up paper and scissors and taught herself this art form.

In this course, Estrellita Caracol will show you how to develop a series of illustrations step by step, portraying your personal style in them and using the collage technique. Through them, you’ll be able to tell a story.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Plans and project
  • U3
    U3. The foundations
  • U4
    U4. The construction: Illustrations in collage
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Estrellita Caracol will begin the course speaking about herself, her artistic beginnings, and her professional career. She’ll tell you about how she changed her path, from design to illustration. She’ll show you some of her work, as well as some of the artists that most influence her.

You’ll go through the materials and tools needed for your editorial illustration process. You’ll see the importance of reading through the material you’re basing your illustration on several times, and also the search of inspiration.

Then, you’ll go to the paper cutting phase. You’ll experiment until you find the procedure that most suits, and, more importantly, most suits the project.

Estrellita will propose exercises that will help you with your creative process. You’ll learn how to build up a repertoire of images that you’ll then use in the illustrations of a series or tale. You’ll think carefully about the context of your project, and you’ll establish its morphology.

You’ll analyze every possible format and their advantages, depending on the kind of project and its compositional elements (like color), to establish reading hierarchies. You’ll find out what chromology is, and you’ll define your color palette before you start your project.

Estrellita Caracol will explain how to produce your own paper, using various tools to achieve different textures, and then you’ll learn how to paint them with acrylics.

Once everything is in place, you’ll create your first illustration, gathering all the elements you’ve generated. You’ll create a paper sketch of your ideas, and then you’ll create a rough collage. By doing this, you’ll understand the importance of the order in which you apply papers and colors. Your teacher will guide you through this process, helping you to achieve depth and different effects.

Finally, you’ll create your second and third illustrations, following the same procedure. You’ll find it useful to work alongside your first illustration so that you can establish a visual coherence among all three pieces.

What is this course's project?

You’ll plan, design and put together a series of three collage illustrations about a city, using paper.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Illustrators, designers, students, cartoonists, painters, artists or any other person who wants to learn new illustration and experimentation techniques, as well as people who want to dive deep into the art of collage.

What you need

You won’t need any previous knowledge, just a desire to cut and play with colored paper.

In regards to materials, you’ll need scissors, glue, painting equipment, construction paper and different kinds of papers, cardboard, and, optionally, acrylic paint and watchmaker tweezers.


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Estrellita Caracol

A course by Estrellita Caracol

Visual artist and illustrator

Natalia Spadaro, better known as Estrellita Caracol, is an argentine illustrator.

She studied Graphic Design at Buenos Aires University, but she veered towards illustration by teaching herself how to create collages.

Her illustrations have been published in books and magazines from various editorial houses: Atlántida, Edelvives, Macmillan, Puerto de Palo, Estrada, Treintayseis, Gerbera y Kalimat from the UAE. She has participated in numerous expos as well. In 2013 her illustrations were selected to participate in the 4th Iberoamerican Illustration Catalogue and in the International Book Fair in Guadalajara (Mexico).

Currently, she’s working as a freelance artist, designer, and illustrator, and does collage and illustration workshops for kids and adults.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Plans and project

    • Materials and tools
    • Search and production of references
    • Your way to trim
    • Create your own imaginary
    • Page and sketch design
  • U3

    The foundations

    • Color palette
    • Own paper production
  • U4

    The construction: Illustrations in collage

    • Armed of the first illustration
    • Armed of the second aksjbñaekjrb illustration
    • Armed of the third illustration
    • We present our city
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Illustration of stories with paper

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  • Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need for completing a specific final project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the instructor and other users, thus creating a dynamic course community.

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Story Illustration with Paper. A Craft & Illustration course by Estrellita Caracol Best Seller

Story Illustration with Paper

A course by Estrellita Caracol
Visual artist and illustrator. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined December 2013
  • 100% positive reviews (773)
  • 10605 students