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
- DIY mini sketchbook
- assorted papers and used books
- glue stick
- rubber stamps
- ink pad
P.S. For this type of creativity I’m hugely inspired by megjournals.
P.P.S. Some of my other collage pages here.