Art Journaling 101: Collage Backgrounds

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.

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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.

Art journaling 101: Collage backgrounds by www.carmenwhitehead.com

Art journaling 101: Collage backgrounds by www.carmenwhitehead.com

Art journaling 101: Collage backgrounds by www.carmenwhitehead.com

  • 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.

Art journaling 101: Collage backgrounds by www.carmenwhitehead.com

Art journaling 101: Collage backgrounds by www.carmenwhitehead.com

  • 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.

Art journaling 101: Collage backgrounds by www.carmenwhitehead.com

Art journaling 101: Collage backgrounds by www.carmenwhitehead.com

  • 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.

Art journaling 101: Collage backgrounds by www.carmenwhitehead.com

Art journaling 101: Collage backgrounds by www.carmenwhitehead.com

Art journaling 101: Collage backgrounds by www.carmenwhitehead.com

  • 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.

Art journaling 101: Collage backgrounds by www.carmenwhitehead.com

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!

If you’re wanting even more inspiration and ideas for your art journal, make sure you follow my Pinterest board.

 

Blessings,

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5 thoughts on “Art Journaling 101: Collage Backgrounds

  1. Linda McClellan says:

    Hi Carmen,
    Thank you for the monthly calendars every month, that sounded weird didn’t it. I always use them but today I got off on the mixed media blog, which is what I like to do most and I’m going to start sewing on scraps of different material here and there. I noticed someone that did it and it looked great. I just got in a big , well pretty big order of ephemera from a lady on Etsy and I’m just waiting on my craft room to be sprayed with a stain and then a glossy something. I love looking at all your work and would buy some but it seems the money I have goes to art supplies and all the other things to stay alive. I noticed you are a cancer survivor and my husband is just beginning his fight against throat and neck cancer next Tuesday. He’s had two surgeries to get out as much as they could, which was his tonsils and a lot of the tissue and part of his tongue and one side of his neck they took the lymph nodes about 44 of them with 12 being malignant. His cancer is very agressive and had already moved out of the nodes so I guess it’s moving around in there. He’s already to go with his port and feeding tube and I’m praying like crazy and scared to death. But I’m a good caretaker and try to sound very positive and I really believe he is going to beat this thing. Ovarian is a a hard one to beat and you did it, God was with you! I’ll add you to my prayer book I am putting together for this year. I lived in Phoenix for 4 years and worked at Carl Hayden VA Hospital but now I’m back in Texas which is where San Antonio is my hometown. I guess I bent your ear a little too much but I love your painting and we have a lot of the same ephemera.
    Have you ever seen the magazine Reminiscence? I have a pile of them I need to get out my scissors and start cutting out old pictures, they have some cool ones. God bless and I’m so glad you’re here! In Christ Alone, Linda

    • Carmen Whitehead says:

      Thank you Linda for visiting and I’m so glad you’re inspired to try this type of art journaling. I think it will be part of your healing process for you too as your husband goes through his cancer journey. Trust in God and know that He is with you always. Blessings!

    • Judy Seaman says:

      This is a really nice blog ūüôā The journal pages are so inspiring.
      I feel for Linda McClellan with what her husband is going through. My prayers are with them both.

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