Saturday, January 24, 2015

Collage Book Pages

It seems that last year I have been starting up a lot of books that are focused on specific techniques. I started a book with collage compositions, a book for doodling, a book for sketching and drawing and not so long ago I also started a book for collages with imagery from magazines and such, which means they are more representational than the abstract collage compositions in the other book.

I am liking the idea of having books that have a certain type of art in them. It makes for very pleasant books to look through and it also feels as if I have a place to go to no matter what I want to do. Somehow a book with all sorts of stuff in it, as lovely as that is too, makes me feel more scattered than having books that are focused on one thing. Except the journal of course, that will always be a mismatch of all sorts of stuff.

But today I want to show you some pages from my new Collage Book. Yes, that's what it's called, as always I'm very original and resourceful when it comes to my book names. ;-)

The book is a moleskine extra large cahier. The paper is flimsy, but that doesn't matter since I'm making it thicker by sticking stuff on it anyway.

Here are the first three collages I did in this book:

I personally like the second one the best. I think I went overboard on the third one. I'm not a minimalist, but even I can go too far sometimes, haha.

The techniques are mixed. I used magazine images, stickers, stencils, pens and coloured pencils and I also put a piece of coloured paper in the background. It's a lot of fun to mix and match all kinds of things into one coherent page (well, coherent to me anyway).

It will be years before any of these technique books are full, but that's okay. It will show me the progress of my techniques and skills over the years which is a nice side effect of this way of working.

Hope you enjoyed these first collages and I wish you a wonderful and artsy weekend!


  1. This collage book is fantastic. I am with you on having different journals for each technique. You seem to do a fantastic job on each journal type.

  2. I like your idea for having different books for the different techniques you explore. I think the books will ultimately be more pleasing with some unity, and there's no harm in having multiple books in play at the same time. Makes for quite a haul if you go on vacation, though, and aren't sure which kind of work you will feel like doing! :-)

    1. Oh the solution for that is very simple: keep a special vacation journal in which anything goes! There's no way I'm taking a whole bunch of sketchbooks with me on a trip. ;-)

  3. I just happened to discover your blog after I put the word 'artjournaling' in google ..and I permitted myself a lot of time reading your posts and I am happy I did as it gives me a happy feeling to find some one so honest and charing , I appreciate your vision about making art, artsy stuff ,
    thanks and kind regards

    1. Welcome to my blog Debora and thank you so much for your kind and lovely words. I hope you will keep dropping by from time to time. :-)


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