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Thursday, March 19, 2009

More Than Torn Paper

For most people the idea of using collage as a journal technique is met with a laugh. Most think back to school days when collage involved tearing a little coloured paper and gluing it in place. But new techniques, papers and products have made collage an art form in its own right.

While spending time tearing paper and gluing it into your journal is somewhat therapeutic on its own, it is the arrangement and additional touches you can apply that bring this form of expression such tactile satisfaction.

There is no limit to what you can put on your page, so long as you have some way to hold it there. Glue, needle and thread, pins, tape... whatever you can think of. And who says you need to be able to close your journal? Perhaps leaving your collage entries in plain view might help you sort through whatever has been on your mind.

Feel free to experiment.

You can't go past the information shared by Aisling D'Art with her How to Collage in Your Art Journal. You'll be inspired.

Photo used with permission from stock.xchng


  1. Heather, I would never laugh at the idea of torn tissue paper collage. This post reminded me how much I love to do it and how pretty the results are. I'm thinking of doing one on clear plastic rather than white paper. I feel inspired. Thank you ;-)

  2. Anonymous5:36 am

    Hi Eileen,
    I know you would never do that. ;-)

    Collage is a lot of fun and gives such a cool result. I love it myself. Thanks for the comment. ;-)

  3. My best journals are incapable of closing by about the half-way point! :-)

  4. Hi Cyndi,
    Yeah, I love those big fat chunky journals, too. Thanks for your comment. ;-)