Today I’m continuing my Art Journaling 101 series with backgrounds. These are the first layers of your art journal page, they set the mood and theme of your page. So many ways you can create them and so many mediums you can use. So, I decided to break it down into a few posts to cover all the ways you can create a background in your art journal. Today we’ll be looking at Collage Backgrounds, I’ll be showing you some papers I use and an art journal page as an example.
A blank page can be very scary and daunting. What do you do with all that white space? The easiest way to create a background is to adhere paper to it by collage. My love of vintage items has an influence in this when I use vintage paper found at thrift stores or yard sales.
- Vintage maps are great to use when you’re planning a page with a travel theme. The colors and lines on the maps add so much detail and gives it a look of stamping.
- Vintage book pages have become very popular in collaging. It’s so easy to find an old book and it will provide you with a big supply of pages to collage. The older and more distressed they look the better.
- Music sheets are also fun to use for themed pages. They tend to be thicker paper so it can take a little more gel medium to have them adhere, but the effect is well worth it.
- Scrapbook paper, tissue, and printables are a great way to use up those extra scraps and leftovers from other projects.
- Sewing pattern tissue is something you may not think of using, but it really gives a great effect to use over paint. The lines on the pattern also add detail. They are so easy to find at thrift stores also.
- The two mediums that I use for collaging are DecoArt’s DecouPage and Media Line Gel Medium. There are other gel mediums from Lyquitex and Golden products that work wonderfully also.
- Recently I was given an incredible book called 101 Mixed Media Techniques. This book has so many resources on not only creating backgrounds, but textures, image transfers, encaustics, and stenciling.
Make sure you check out my first post in this series, basic supplies, if you haven’t already. The next installment in this series will be about backgrounds also, but we’ll be covering paints and stencils! So stay tuned for that!
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