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- Art journal your personality type
- 10 Minute Art Journal Pages
- Using Envelopes In Your Art Journal
- How to make Watercolour Collage Paper
- Using your own photography in your art journals
- Drawing inspiration from Andy Warhol
- A beginner’s guide to drawing faces
- Finding Words
- How to stencil with mists
- Make a gorgeous mess with bleached paper
- Using Ink Blots to Connect to Your Intuition
How to make Watercolour Collage Paper
Hi lovely Messians! It’s Essie again, here to share a video tutorial (ooh, faaaance!) of how I make watercolour collaging paper. I love to go through magazines to find interesting colours and patterns to collage with, but sometimes I need a specific effect, and that means making it myself. Here’s how I do it:
So, as you can see it’s as simple as taking a piece of watercolour paper, taping it down with masking tape so that it doesn’t buckle, wetting it generously with water, and splashing it with dots of colour. The water does the rest. It’s like magic. As it dries, the colours continue to gently bleed into each other, and create softer and more subtle blends, and cloudier shapes. The effect is really quite mesmerising.
I love using black and blue, but magenta and yellow make a great combination, as do green and blue, and purple and red. You can also just use single colours, and watch the different saturation levels dance around on the page as the pigment interacts with the water.
I’ll often make several sheets of this at once (you can see how quick it is), so that I have loads to use at a time. That way I’m not stuck waiting for it to dry when I want to be cutting and pasting. When you’re ready to start collaging, you’ll find that there are natural shapes that you’ll want to cut around. They often make me think of geodes, cells, solar systems, or galaxies the way they fan out with their sometimes toothed edges, sometimes swirling arms. Follow your instincts, and cut the way the pattern wants you to.
And here’s my final art journal page, using the sheet I made in the video:
Essie is basically a Unicorn. She has healing powers, magical properties, and she refuses to be handled by men.