Collage in junk journals

Doily pocket: Jan's Junk Journals

I share some of the ways that I use collage in junk journals. I show you: What is collage, how to apply scraps for collage, and where to use collage in junk journals.

Firstly, what is collage?


collage
/ˈkɒlɑːʒ,kəˈlɑːʒ/
noun

a piece of art made by sticking various different materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric on to a backing.
the art of making collages.
a collection or combination of various things.
“a collage of musical genres”

Dictionary.com

How to collage

8 steps to apply paper scraps:

  1. Tear your junk paper or old book pages into smallish sized pieces. Rough edges are better than straight
  2. Protect your work surface
  3. Paint the base (book cover or canvas or whatever) with a good coat of diluted white glue or ModPodge ™
  4. Brush the back of a torn piece of paper with a coat of glue and place on the base
  5. Smooth out the piece with a credit card, or a brayer
  6. Wipe your smoothing tool often with a wet cloth
  7. Continue gluing until the area is covered
  8. Coat with clear gesso or thinned acrylic to seal

Let Jessica show how she does collage in junk journals


3 ways to use collage in junk journals

1. To cover support material

I use collage to cover unwanted parts of the materials I use to make tags, covers, journalling cards …

Journalling card front and back
Journalling card front and back

As well as the cover being more relevant to the inner pages, I used up lots of scraps from the original contents.

My Journal binder trashy junk journal cover
My Journal binder trashy junk journal cover

2. To mend the support material

I collaged the cover of my travel journal with several layers of pages removed from inside the original book before I altered it.

Collage on cover for strength
Full journal

3. To decorate covers, pages, tags

Cover embellished with collage as decoration
Cover embellished with collage as decoration
Owl Be Seeing You junk journal page collaged with a paper serviette
Owl Be Seeing You junk journal page collaged with a paper serviette
Fabric Butterfly Junk Journal Inside Cover
Fabric Butterfly Junk Journal Inside Cover

More decorative collage


Do you use collage?

Have you tried this technique in your own junk journals? I love to use collage in junk journals. Pages and covers are beautiful when decorated with collage.

Please tell us in a comment below.

I have had many careers in my 70+ years, but always creativity was at the forefront. I am passionate about using less and wasting less. I love design, painting, decorating, and now I am combining all that into making junk journals. Creating is like breathing for me!

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