I’d like to share with you a technique I have been using for many years that I think you may find helpful when you are stuck with what to do with your art journal pages. You may have a background you got just so far, but now you don’t know what to do with it. Or, you have a page that, despite your attempts to keep adding layers and texture, etc., you still don’t like it.
This technique also makes use of all those little pieces of art you may have lying around. You know the pieces. Those ones that you never quite found a home for. They are finished but don’t live anywhere and you love them and hate to discard them but they tend to pile up.
Well, here’s what you can do with those pages and those finished pieces, and a bonus I found, by happy accident, was that my ART FOAMIES stamps played a key role as the finishing touch on what is now a fabulous art journal page.
Here’s the finished page for you to take a quick look at, then let me show you what I did to get here.
Firstly, I should admit that I have a TON of art journal pages (finished or semi-finished backgrounds) just sitting around with nothing on them. I mean dozens and dozens and dozens, in multiple art journals. I guess I have an obsession in making background pages in art journals. Perhaps there’s a therapy group I should join. Anyway, my goal is always to fill those backgrounds with interesting collage work and inspirational quotes and much more but somehow, with my busy life, that doesn’t happen as often as I create even more backgrounds. You can do the math here to see how I get myself in trouble! LOL.
Here are a few examples of what I am talking about
I also have all kinds of little finished pieces (mixed media collages mostly, some from long ago). They pile up and pile up and I don’t have the heart to discard them, but they need a home!
Here are a few examples of these collage pieces. They are typically made from almost 100% recycled materials. The first one is the finished image for this project. It was made with a 6X6 piece of recycled cardstock, covered in reclaimed gift wrap. Vintage images and salvaged pieces were used to create the main character. The flowers were re-purposed scrapbook embellishments. The other two are also finished pieces without a home.
To create the finished art journal page you saw above, all I did was choose a finished background page in my art journal. This one, I was not too crazy about, so I didn’t mind it being mostly covered up. In essence, the journal page becomes a border, or frame, for the collage piece that sits on top of it.
Using white glue I adhered the finished collage piece to the journal page, centering it (more or less) on the page.
It didn’t feel quite “finished” so I created some ART FOAMIES collage elements by stamping in black acrylic paint on a gel print and cutting them out.
Then, I just glued them around the collaged piece in a pleasing arrangement to tie the whole journal page together.
How easy was that? I now have a home for this collage and have FINALLY used up one of my dozens and dozens of background art journal pages. It’s SO much fun finding use for old pieces in new projects. Here are those other two pieces, now mounted on their journal pages. I just have to find the right finishing touches for them as well, but at least they have a home now.
ART FOAMIES STAMP USED HERE:
I hope this post has been a jump start for you if you have faced these same challenges yourself.
Thanks for viewing!