How is your art journaling practice going? Lately I’ve been hearing about blank-page-itis – you know, when you stare at that pristine expanse of paper and just freeze! We’ve all been there with all the thoughts: "What am I going to do?" "Will it turn out right?" and, the absolute worst, "What if I mess it up?"
I’ve found the best way to start is to mark the pages in some way so they’re no longer "perfect" – it’s much easier to start then and the marks on the page are often inspirational.
Glue Stuff Down
While there are many ways to make marks and prepare pages from a coat of Gesso to paint splatters, I’d like to encourage you to try paper collage.
At the simplest, paper collage is just gluing paper to the page – either randomly or with some design intention. You can use any paper you want – I especially like crumpled tissue paper for texture. The recycle bin is a great resource when you’re looking for inspiration: you can collage a page, or a whole journal, entirely with recycle papers!
Look in your magazine stash for images, patterns and words. The breadth of imagery and ways to combine them is staggering and can make powerful and unique pages.
Now that you’ve got a paper collage base, a little embellishment never hurts! You can use whatever suits your fancy: glitter, stickers, stamps, threads and yarns, fabric, paint – let your imagination go. Add as much or as little as you want, it’s done when you say it’s done!
Once you’ve glued even the tiniest bit of paper to a page it has room to breathe and grow. The spell of that perfect page is broken!