Sometimes when you describe a process to someone else it helps you to understand it in your own mind too. That’s what happened when I made the notes for this post on describing today’s collage process. I hope you’re inspired by it too.
I started today’s page by dying a few sections of it with coffee. Sometimes I use a paint brush but today I used a bit of paper towel I had on the desk and just dipped into the last of my coffee which had gone cold. I like how it creates some texture by crinkling the page while adding a bit of a vintage feel. (You can see that I did the same on the previous page.)
After it dried, I stamped over the full page using my new brown ink pad which I’m loving. I happen to have an extremely old, large stamp that covers the full page. But other times I’ve used a smaller stamp and just repeated it across the whole space. The effect is similar.
I glued down two little collage clusters on opposite corners of the page using an assortment of papers:
- kraft coloured tissue paper
- coffee dyed grid paper
- pages from a thrifted dictionary
- scrapbook paper
I tear the papers rather than cutting them to create more interesting edges and to add texture.
Over one cluster I stuck down a neutral butterfly (moth?) sticker from my journaling supplies. And the text across the bottom corner is cut out from the large Women Gardeners book which I bought at a used book store. It’s filled with lovely quotes and text, gorgeous photos and illustrations, plus overall inspiration.
And finally, I always stamp the date in one corner. My rule for myself is once I’ve stamped the date I need to stop adding more things! I usually follow that rule …
This is what I do to take a break from staring at screens, or while I have my list-making opened up beside me, to clear my head, or while I’m talking on the phone. I hope you have some creative things on the go too.
Creative Collage Supplies
P.S. For this type of creativity I’m hugely inspired by megjournals.
P.P.S. Some of my other collage pages here.