Every tiny scrap of scrapbook paper, painted paper, lined paper, junk mail and doodled paper is fodder for a scrap border art journal page. An artist tends to see the potential in unlikely sources and materials...even the grocery list.
This is a technique that beginning journalers can use, but also appeals to veteran journalers as well. The scraps, colors, patterns and textures you choose make it your own.
1.) Apply a light watercolor wash to your page. I just use Prang watercolors. Artist grade watercolors would be even better. (I don't recommend Crayola brand watercolors for this, as they seem to have a more waxy content, and it's difficult to get a pen to write over them.)
|Light watercolor wash-didn't show up on my scan very well...|
Yellow, red, blue, and a bit of orange. Green created by overlap of yellow & blue.
2.) Collect your paper scraps. I sort through them picking scraps which have colors that coordinate, but also include scraps for contrast as well.
3.) Some scraps of painted papers (from when I am cleaning my brushes off) may have just a few strokes of paint on them. (below) Add some highlighter to them to make the colors on the page really pop.
4.) Arrange some of your scraps along the outside edge of the page. I don't usually put collage in the 'gutter' side, as this makes the journal more difficult to close with the addition of extra thicknesses of papers. Choose different sizes and shapes, coordinating and contrasting colors. Try a variety of
arrangements before gluing down.
|Cut and tear an assortment of colorful papers and arrange |
them into a border. Try different arrangements before gluing.
5. Glue down scraps. Add more highlighter if you like bright colors! You can add highlighter to the background or the scraps, or both.
6.) Then doodle and shade the border arrangement. You can add all types of swirls, patterns, dots and shading. I use a Sharpie pen (not a Sharpie permanent marker-- it will bleed through the paper. A Sharpie pen will not) As I was gluing the scraps down, I came across some leaves that I had drawn and painted; so I cut them out and added those to the border also.
7.) The result is a lovely decorated page that you can journal on. Add text in your own handwriting, with stamping, or computer generated text. Journal your thoughts, a quote, or whatever you did that day.
|script added in the top border; hand-drawn text on the page|
is a quote from Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
When my grandson was little, an "adventure" was when we would put a few toys in his wagon, along with a blanket, and some snacks. Then we would go outside for a walk, stop to play on the swings, and find a nice tree to play under. We would read books and play with his little cars. We still like to have adventures, but they have to be a bit more exciting the older he gets! This page makes me think of those times with my own children, and with my grandchildren. Memories captured in a journal...
Please let me know if you try this technique, I would love to see the results! You can also see other tutorials in the side bar~ click on the tea cup.
Linking to the Art Journal Journey Challenge for March 2016:
"If You Go Down to the Woods."