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52 Days of Collage Art Journaling

Updated on September 13, 2014

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A challenge that I have given myself . I decided it would be a good idea to challenge myself to do at least one Collage Art Journal page per week and publish them here. I didn't feel that I could commit to once per day, because life tends to get in the way. However once a week sounded do-able. This will help me be consistent with my art and hopefully will create some eye candy for my readers.The intro image is a page that I thought I had finished, however it really did not have a focal point so I went back and stamped and cut out flowers which I glued on and they became the focus of the page. Sometimes it is quite difficult to know when something is finished.Scroll down for the latest posts of collages. I add at least one per week.:-)All pictures on this page will be created by me and therefore I own the copyright to them.

The Cover Collage in My New Art Journal

Week 1A long time ago I created a watercolor paper art journal. I saw a video by Teesha Moore on how to make the art journals that she works in. I loved the idea so made one for myself. I started working in it and never was happy with anything I created so it was discarded in a drawer.Recently I came across it again and decided it just couldn't go to waste. After all , it had the best Fabrino watercolor paper in it. I peeled all the collage off and re gessoed each page twice. I also ripped off the extra flaps as I never felt comfortable working on them. The pictures shown on this page is the cover page of the journal. Because I want it to last, I covered the complete page with clear wide tape after I had finished. Its very shiny but I really like it this way.So this is number one of my 52 pages. There is a lot of work in this page and it took me ages to finish. I not only added magazine cutouts to the edges, I also cut out shapes ( circles in this case) which had been pre colored ( my scraps) and I glued them to the edge of the page as well. The flowers on her hat are also cut from scraps of paper which were used to mop up over sprayed color wash pages.

Collage Art

Week 2Here is my week 2 collage journal page. I love that I don't need to do a new background every week. The reason is that I went through the complete journal and did backgrounds and added pieces of magazine or strips of scrap painted paper before I started doing the actual pages. It is lovely to be able to just flick to a pages and start the collage. This journal doesn't have a lot of pages ( about 12 I think). I love this as I will get it finished quickly and feel like I have achieved a lot. I plan to make another of these Journals, so I have it ready to go as soon as I finish this one.:-)This art that I am creating is all a great big experiment really. I am using trial and error to create pages that I love but am learning as I go as well. I think the post interesting thing for me with this page was that this is really my first play with lettering. I really want badly to become great with lettering, because I think it brings such character to a journal page. I was pleased with the lettering on this page , however I now have plans to improve on the next one.I don't know of you can see, but I was wanted to include a pet in the page as well as the girl. I was also playing when I decided to give her that strange neck. Some things work and others don't :-) The size of the pages in this journal are shorter than I am used to , so I have struggled a bit with height. I hope I will get used to that in a few pages.My most LOVED art product right now are the Sharpie water based Poster paint pens. They seem to write over anything and the colors are so vibrant. As soon as I can I am going to order a lot more, especially the white and black in varying sizes and then I also want the colors. They are incredible. They dry quick , they don't seem to clog up at all and they are happy writing over glossy magazine paper.

A Guide to How I Make a Collage

Week 3Here is my effort for week 3. When you use magazine pictures for your collage you need to be aware of copyright issues. Because I am only using the pictures for personal use I am Ok. However I still change the magazine photos as much as I can. I want the to be unrecognizable from the original.IN this photo the first thing I changed was the eyes. I found some eyes from another picture and glued them on over the top of the original eyes. I also found an excellent mouth picture, which I glued over the top of her original mouth. I then extended her lips so that they looked as if they were meant to be that way. Oil pastels were perfect to smudge some blush on in circles so that it looks a bit funky. I had to lengthen her eyelashes next, I love to make them mega lashes top and bottom. This girl needed a beauty spot as well as some black hair styled into a bob.To finish the look, I cut out flowers and added funky marks to them then glued them onto the page. BTW that's a grape in her mouth. I used Sharpie Paint Pens for her mouth, the hair and the flowers.

More Collage Pictures

Week 4Today's collage is one that I am not as happy as I am with some others. However this is a learning curve and all efforts count. I have been thinking a fair bit lately about meditation, and when I came across this image of someone meditating it resonated with me. I used to meditate every day and thinking back to the time, it was a lovely experience. I have been pondering if it would be something I would like to make part of my day once again.I have also been thinking a lot about lettering. It really is important, I think, to have nice lettering in your art work. I have been considering taking a class, however there is so much online for free, I feel that I should take advantage of that. It means taking some time every day to practice, and that is what I have not got sorted yet. I may start a new journal just for lettering practice.The hat the girl in the collage is wearing is a light.:-) Weird isn't it? You can do weird things in a collage and thats one reason I love to create them. There are no rules...just go for it:-)

Another Face Collage

Week 5Today I have another Face Collage. I have a Journal that I keep especially for faces, so this one is in that Journal. This journal is smaller than usual so there was no room for actual journaling. Once again its a magazine face with lips from another picture. I found the glasses in a magazine and extended the piece over the bridge of the nose to fit. Oil pastels work well for the cheeks as you can smoosh the color around with your fingers. I made the necklace from a picture of a bangle and a watch. I also used Sharpie water based poster paint pens. I made some paper flowers for the head and cut some from magazines as well.

Week 6

I created this collage yesterday and decided to make it fairly simple. I wanted the girl to wear a crown so that's why I called her princess. I have used my Sharpie paint pens a lot in this picture. They seem to work well over any type of media without clogging up and they have a lovely opaque quality. I cut up little banner flags from scrap paper with over spray on it. I glued them onto the edges of the page and then used a fine black paint pens to do the doodling inside them.To finish I used a white paint pen to add dots all over the background.

Week 7 Collage

When I create these pages I try to work as intuitively as possible, letting go and using my intuition to make all the decisions. This gets you straight into the creative zone as I call it. Its a lovely relaxing place to be.I put the picture of the girl in first and was working away on her face. I stopped to flick through a magazine to see what would appeal to me. I stopped straight away when I saw the picture of the paparazzi, taking photos of someone famous. The guys just had to be on her head like a hat.Then I noticed the feet and they had to go under her face. It ends up sort of saying that the price of fame is not worth having these guys always intruding into your brain and taking your freedom away.

Week 8: Beautiful Like You

This was a fun page to create. I had the eye with the black makeup on it already cut out and set aside. I do this sometimes when I am looking through a magazine and see something that calls out to me. I didn't mean for it to look as if someone had been beaten up and got a black eye.I wanted it to look funky.I made a big mistake under the flowers all over her head. I had drawn hair and hated it. I love that you can just keep on adding layers until you are happy with your collage. I cut all the flowers out and doodled on them then glued them to her head.I also like to add borders to my collage, so that's where I practice my doodling.

Week 9 : Lips

This collage was interesting to create. I started out with the big eye, the fabulous lips and the nose. I then found the pics of all the mouths that I places around the edges of the page.It was difficult to know what to do next, but after [playing with the eyebrow and coloring part of the lips, I decided to work on the borders around the page.I cut out the heart shapes and glued them around the edge of the page then went in again to doodle on them. I also doodled with my paint pens on the page borders. The white paint pens are the BEST and you can see I have used them a lot on this page.I finished with some journaling.

Please leave me a comment about my collage challenge or follow along with me.

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      Di Annesley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks so much Bev:-)

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      myraggededge 3 years ago

      Glad to revisit this page - love your journal pages so much!

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      Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

      Fab! great idea to keep creative all year... after that, it will definitely be a habit:)

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      I love doing face collages. I'm working on an art journal now. It's so much fun.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love your collages and you've inspired me to try it. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i'm always a little intimidated about making an art journal page. i'm starting to see that i can use any supplies available - i like your flowers, they remind me that i can us some of my hundreds of sheets of scrapbook paper - that i will never, ever scrapbook with again - they aren't wasted :) i do love your flowers and the colors you used. i'd love to study the background before you placed the flowers, too :)

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      Di Annesley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      @anonymous: Thanks so much Annie:-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      you are really on a creative journey and I can see so much growth - you continue to persevere and I will be waiting first in line to buy the book you need to write! lol -love youannie

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      you get better and better every day

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      Di Annesley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      @myraggededge: Thanks so much.....very appreciated:-)

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      myraggededge 5 years ago

      Your art is so vibrant. Shall look forward to seeing your progression. Blessed :-)