New do! Styling hair in your journal pages.

Hi fabulous Messians and welcome to my Season of Play tutorial!  I am super excited to show you a simple but very effective way to use collage and make it totally your own.

I am sure all the ladies you use in your pages are gorgeous with perfectly perfect hair styles.  I think we need to improve those hair dos and make them all our own!

For my image I used a really great website which is chock full of images with no copyright issues called Unsplash.

New do! Styling hair in your journal pages.


  • Art Journal or altered book
  • Sharp scissors
  • Face/head image
  • Glue stick
  • White pen
  • Black pen


For this page I left lots of white space on my finished page which meant that the original book page could be seen.  If you prefer, you can completely cover the page before you add your collaged face.

Once you have cut out your face and removed her hair, choose carefully where you want your face and her new hair on the page.  Consider how much doodling you want to add and whether a quote is going to be incorporated.  Experiment with placing before you glue your image down.

New do! Styling hair in your journal pages.
Action Steps

  • Choose an face with hair you can remove and replace, find different images – just faces, a whole figure, profile or straight on.  Give your character a totally new hair style.
  • Find another image to use and instead of hair, add collaged botanicals or birds.
  • Grab yet another image and go crazy, give them neon hair, a rainbow, or animal ears and a crown! 


Clare is originally from the north of England and has lived in the mid-west of America since 2003. Her workplace is the local library where she is a part time librarian, which is good because she loves books. Her favourite part of art journaling is the opportunity to create with no pressure and usually no finished idea in mind and the chance to create a sketchbook and fill it up however she wants!


  1. Andrea Stern

    Oh this is fun! I’m off to find some faces 😀

    • Clare Etheridge

      Yay! Have fun!

  2. Christina Cloud

    I have got to try this, it looks like so much fun! Thank you for giving me some great ideas!!!