Today we are looking at another collage technique following our theme started with the Julie Fei-Fan Balzer take on the 5 main ways of Art Journaling which I still refer to. Her categories are (or were a few years ago) Painty, Wordy, Collage-ish, Scrapbook-ish, Doodler and I have added a sixth type Fabric-oriented.
A tissue table napkin can be a valuable collage item when traveling! Sister Three covered up advertising text, obscuring the message while adding color, texture, depth and character to the page.
Napkins – aka serviettes – can be collected almost anywhere you go. They are colorful and often have a name or picture that reminds you of the occasion. They are very light weight and when added to a page almost melt into it – thus not much bulk is added to your journal. I now carry Matte Gel Medium in a small container when I travel so I can make use of the napkins.
The poppies on this page are part of a napkin with a white background so they really melt in. If I’m flying I pack the medium in my checked luggage as I use a lot of it. In the car I would bring the whole bottle and share.
It turned out that Sister Three really had more fun decorating her occasion-oriented-apron which has me suspect her as one of those “Fabric-oriented People.”
Here she is doodling away on her apron. I forgot to tell everyone to iron the aprons to heat set the Sharpie pen work – wonder if they figured it out?
WHAT TO PACK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
As with all travel you have to carry anything acquired – so ephemera needs to be small, lightweight and cheap enough to discard the extras. When shopping add in thrift stores, farmer’s markets and garage sales to get some local flavor. If anyone will be joining you by car, have them bring the heavy/bulky stuff and pay for your share.
Supplies: A journal, glue stick, scissors, tape, watercolor crayons, water brush, pens, matte gel medium and heavy gel medium (if you have room).
Ephemera: Napkins, maps, business cards, post cards, pressed plant materials, very flat rocks.
Thrift Store Finds: Old jewelry, old postcards, rubber stamps, music note stickers, colorful or theme napkins, other stickers and ribbon.
Tourist Information Stops: Local maps, Stickers – often bumper sticker size, brochures with local names in fancy fonts, key chains or other dingle-bobs.
Add in at home: Printed photos from the trip. Relevant treasures (i.e. old photos, postcards and fabric) you have at home.