Art Journal Page: Gray | Collage Junk Journal

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

This is a very simple, yet very fun to do, collage art journal page.  I just used magazine pages, glue, and scissors.  The process was very cathartic for me, and I just love the final result!

The Background (First Layer):

I had a lot of magazine pages that I had already thrown in a bin on my desk.  So, I just started ripping them into interesting shapes and layering.  A gray theme soon emerged and I ran with it.

I really liked how the ripped edges looked versus clean cut using scissors.  It blends better and yields itself to more unique shapes.

I just kept ripping and gluing until I was happy with it.  I let the glue dry for a bit before going over the entire surface with a homemade glue wash.

I, then, allowed that to dry before moving on to the next layer.


Focal Images and Words (Second Layer):

I knew I wanted to incorporate a picture of a guy in there somewhere, because I had never used one in any one of my pages.  Luckily, I had this image, shown on the right of the spread, of this man from a photography studio magazine.  He fit right in with his gray goodness.

Next, I found the image of the young lady shown on the left.  It seem to fit, and I liked the fact that she had just a hint of color.  I wish I could say that there is a deep and meaningful reason for that, but I just thought it was neat.

Next, I added and spliced together words taken from several different pages in my bin to come up with a theme.  My favorite bit is in the upper right hand corner: "Give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth.  Disguise."

Straight up magazine collage is one of my favorite things to do at the moment.  I just love taken a bin of mess and scraps and trying to create something out of it.  I even have a blast doing it!


Video (Process and my Collage Supply Storage):

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I finished this journal completely.  So, be on the lookout for a flip through chit chat video and blog post!


  1. Everybody makes their art in ways that are peculiar to them. I always find the creation process fascinating.

    1. I totally agree! It's almost like having a window into people's brains. lol :)


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