Thursday, April 18, 2013

A new experience - Collage

I am trying to push myself to try new techniques to use in my art creations. Collage is a whole new technique and experience for me. I am taking a wonderful class taught by Kelly Kilmer all about Art Journaling and collaging. I wanted to share a few pages I created and what I have learned.

Kelly has provided journal prompts for both of these pages along with a guideline for the collage layout. As I have said before, I like the idea of art journaling with a purpose. I like having something to write or think about and then start the creative process with it in mind.

The first page started out as a plain gray background. I used a Tim Holtz background Stamp from the Mixed Media set and stamped it randomly with black Archival Ink. I also painted a large orange wavy shape in the corner and added some washi tape.

I then picked out my image to collage with. I added a torn strip of deli paper stamped with another background stamp from the Mixed Media set and various colors of Distress Paint.

The small page in the middle is actually an envelope that I made to keep more journaling in. I decided to journal onto it as well and then added some stamped deli paper over it.

My second page is painted with acrylic paint. I then added Dictionary Tissue Wrap over the page stamped again with the same two background stamps.

Before gluing the tissue wrap to the page I cut out a few random holes for the eyes to peek through. I then added my main collage image and some more washi tape.

So now for the few things I have learned: First I need to invest in some pens that write on washi tape and magazine pages. I had to go over my writing with a colored pencil to get it to stick on the washi tape, which worked, but made it a bit blurry looking. Second, I need to figure out how to glue my images down without getting them all wrinkled. They don't look bad, but if anyone has any suggestions please let me know.

I want to thank you for stopping by and reading this far. I a going to submit this to the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge, Background Stamps. Be sure to check the challenge out for a chance to win a gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp.


  1. Stacy,
    These are fabulous! So wonderfully unique!!
    The glue that you're using is too wet. Think about using a permanent glue stick or gel medium. You need a thicker glue with magazine images especially. The trick is also to try to glue from the center out. You don't need or want a lot of glue, just enough to cover the surface of your paper that you're gluing down. Pick up your image. Place it on your page. Take an old rag and gently burnish and smooth out any bubble and wrinkles. Hope this helps.

  2. Your pages are awesome Stacy. They are well balanced, interesting and not too busy so I think you are a natural to the medium. I agree with Kelly, depending on the paper of the image I will either use a glue stick or gel medium for glue and keep a supply of small, rags on my art table for burnishing them down. Works like a dream; something I have always done even before taking any of Kelly's classes. If they get any residual glue on them, I toss them into a bucket of water until I can throw them into the wash and start with a fresh one. I've tried doing the credit card thing via other artists suggestion but that has never worked for me; I just end up tearing the images up, cotton rags, can never have too many.

  3. Stacy...your journal pages are awesome. I love the colors you used. I love the stamps you used to randomly stamp on your background. The other patterns through stenciling, tissue tape, deli paper...all of the elements you used really work well together for a lot of interest on your pages. I also love the interactive smaller envelope in the center for more journaling. I think Kelly's suggestions for glue is spot on. Ranger makes a good Craft Glue stick. I like it. I also love their Claudine Hellmuth Matte Medium. It can be a sealer or a glue. Their Seal 'N Glue is good, too. The rag idea for burnishing is a great one. Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  4. This is really gorgeous! Love all the pictures you've collaged. Fabulous doodling! So pretty! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  5. These are phenomenal pages!! You give me the courage to take my first steps!!