Hi everyone, Sandee here with one of my favorite things to do...
creating collages in my art journal.
Collage has something for everyone, and anyone can do it regardless of age or skill level. It offers exciting visual effects and creative expression and I love the treasure hunt for just the right piece; which can be shifted, removed, added to, glued down, covered up or torn off....a collage is as simple or as complicated as you want to make it.
Collage is about creating layers and I began my page with paints, spray inks and alcohol inks. I use washes of color letting each layer dry before continuing to the next layer, once I am happy I seal my work with Helmar's Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish Spray to protect it from the next set of layers....ephemera.
Magazines are a treasure trove of pictures and words to cut out and it's very easy to add them onto your page with Helmar Decoupage and Craft Paste.
Just spread out a thin layer onto your journal page, ( do not add the glue to the back of the pieces ) but lay the pieces onto the glue smoothing them out from the center to the outside edges.
My last detail was this butterfly and while I wanted some dimension, I did not want a lot of lift, and that is where Helmar's Liquid Scrap Dots come into play. I truly love this adhesive because I can make it as thick or as thin as I want!
I added a layer of it to the underside of the butterfly, and look, even some is applied under the tiny body's abdomen to protect it so it won't get smushed or damaged!
Incorporate some Helmar into your art journal and mixed media works of art!
other supporting supplies:
Ranger Distress Crackle Paint, Alcholo Inks and Dylusions Sprays
Sakura - Pigma Sensei Mangna waterproof pens
Signo white pen
Sharpie white oil based pen