Zinia's Art Journal Collage

Hello everyone! It’s Zinia here and today I’m back with a different type of project. I had a bunch of scraps laying around on my desk when it hit me. It would be so much fun to use small scraps of pattern paper to create a collage spread in my art journal!

The first thing you need to do is to gather up all your scraps. If you are not hoarding your scraps that’s ok, the Patchwork Show paper from Hustle and Heart is the perfect paper for this technique. After you gather up (or cut down) your scraps, divide them in color families. This will help you assemble a balanced page where the colors are evenly spread.


Now that everything is in place you can start building your page. I work with one color at a time and make sure to add pieces across the whole area. Balancing every color individually helps you maintain an overall balance to the finished design.


To stick the paper pieces, I used gel medium in matt finish. It’s a great way to glue things down in your art journal cause it also works as a sealer. I start with a layer of the medium right on the journal, I place the piece of paper on top of it and I finish it off with another coat on top of everything. This extra top coat of gel medium will help later on when we are going to add more details on the page.


Once the collage is ready there are a multiple things you can do to customize it further. I decided to add some shading around each box with a variety of products. You can either use water-soluble media like crayons or experiment with markers. The best part is that because of the gel medium coat you have a short window to blend your markers even if they are permanent.


For some final touches I added a few splatters with ink sprays and also some ephemera pieces from On a Whim in colors that matched my colorful blocks.

I really hope you enjoyed this and you got inspired to create beautiful artsy collages with your scraps. Until next time, happy crafting.


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