A Bit of Collage

November 5, 2011

See the full post for details and another image.

Above: The Before version of this collage page. Read below for details.

Just a quick update for folks who were at the October 2011 MCBA Visual Journal Collective's Collage Meeting. In the top image you'll see the final base or background I ended up with, after collaging down several elements quickly throughout my demonstration time. I cut items from old books and brochures.

"Do" is actually cut from a brochure on the Edo period of Japanese art; the hand at the right is a 19th century etching. Grided paper has been added on the left page to allow for journaling. The lace paper was glued down to demonstrate how to handle it without getting glue everywhere (see my gluing tips at the link I already gave above). The maps are from old encyclopedias, there are decorative paper scraps here and there, a postage stamp, and some "found text" cut from a book. 

All of this is way more than I would normally put on a background, but I was making several points as I went along.

When I got home that night I decided I wanted to use one of my dog sketches (made with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen) and I finished the page as you see below. There was no additional journaling because the page is so busy I just had to move on. It is however a great reminder of a fun evening with creative people who were all in a pasting frenzy.

Below: The finished page, with dog sketch added.


  1. Reply

    Being an art journaler, this spread is one of my favorite!!! Love love love it!

  2. Reply

    Nathalie, thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Part of me wishes I’d used the no-dog version to just journal in the open spaces, but I really wanted to get that dog in the book and close the book and move on. Thanks for writing in.

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