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Above: Scraps of paper that I've gathered from other projects. Read below for more information.
Last fall before a collage class I gathered materials to do my demonstrations. I ended up with a lot of blue and beige materials. After the event I was looking at the left over materials. I was struck by the color themes and I decided they would make a fun collage journal, along the lines of my "Adjusting P10" journal which had a mix of papers of all sizes and types.
The above papers include a variety of printmaking papers (including Magnani Pescia eggshell blue, Folio, Gutenberg, and Rives BFK). There are also watercolor papers that I prepainted for use on my journal covers.
I worked to organize these papers into four signatures with the blue and beige colors running throughout. I am working on a short video that will show the finished papers with collaged items in place, waiting to be sewn into the book (it will be a sewn-on-the-spine book) as well as the bound book before I work in it.
I think it is useful to see these before and after "photos" because it becomes more clear to readers what was already in place before I sketched or collaged on a paage in the course of a session. What emerges is the skeleton of elements I responded to, the color thread weaves through the book, and the variation of surfaces. These are all fun elements to play with in your visual journal.
While I work on the video I wanted to encourage you to take a second or third look at your paper scraps and see what sort of journal you can make out of them. Start sorting them into "like-minded piles."
A master page size is essential for a majority of the pages for the structural integrity of the book, but don't discount little scraps which can be folded and transformed into a "signature within a signature" or work as decorative collage elements on larger pages.
By creating a book with a variety of page sizes you'll impact the visual flow of your journal even before you begin working in the book—and that can be a very exciting way to start a new journaling adventure.