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Registration for “Sewn-on-the-Spine” Journal Ends Tomorrow

Registration for this class is now closed. Registration for the next session of “Sewn-on-the-Spine Journal” ends October 11, 2019, 9 p.m. CDT. Class begins on Saturday, October 12, 2019. I’ll be in this class daily during the month of class answering your questions. All lessons open on Saturday so you can work at your own […]


Review of the Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook

Left: Water-soluble Color Pencil sketch of actress in the British comedy “Hebburn.” I first opened my first Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook in June of this year. I thought I’d be finished quickly (even though it’s a nice thick journal) and would write a comprehensive review.  Then life interrupted. I continued to work in the Seawhite […]


Using the Journal in Times of Stress and Healing and Loss: Report on the February 2012 MCBA Visual Journal Collective Meeting

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Making a Paper Sample Test Booklet (or a Simple Pamphlet Visual Journal)

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Sketchbook and Journal Fascimiles and Collections: Summer (or anytime) Reading

The following is a list of books which present artists’ sketchbooks and visual journals in a facsimile edition or collection and gallery format. I love reading (and viewing) this type of book because they give us an intimate look into the way an artist’s mind works. Whether you have kept sketchbooks and visual journals your […]


Profile Friday: James Jean

Links to James Jean’s stunning journals and artwork.


Collage—Some Thoughts


Left: mixed media collage explained in today’s post. Journal 8 x 8 inches, handmade with 140 lb. hot press watercolor paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

When I posted my bantam chicken with people one reader wrote in to say, “I've haven't had much success with collage (I never seem to be able to figure out what to put where), but I have accumulated lots of collage stuff over the years. This piece is inventive and fun. Maybe I'll sift through my stuff and give it another try.” 

I’m glad she’s going to give it another go, and I thought it would be a good idea to write a post with some resources for everyone in a similar position—ready to give it a second chance. Keep it fun and just go with your instincts.

To begin, we can of course ask ourselves "why collage in the first place?" But I think that’s a silly question. I think humans by nature acquire bits and pieces of stuff. If you are inclined to keep a visual journal those bits and pieces are going to make it into your journal, either as ephemera from your day, or as something wholly new, abstract or concrete, which has meaning for you, even if its meaning lies only in the fun you had playing with those materials.

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