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Use vintage photos and found words to tell a familiar or fictional story in your journal
Hi there wonderful Messians, Clare here to show you how I use some of my favourite supplies in my art journal – vintage papers and photos. Even my handmade journal for the season of story is made from an antique photo album which I filled with hot press watercolour paper.
Once I started noticing antique black and white or sepia photos at our local antique stores I was hooked and I started to look for them everywhere I went. The characters in the photos, the dresses, the cars, the locations all tell a whole story in one photo. I think each photo tells me its story because I don’t know who the people are or anything about them, I just go on how they look, their pose, their gaze and what they are being photographed with or who they are with. I have no influencing knowledge so I am free to make up their story.
One of my favourite things about these old photos is that people often wrote lots of details on the back of them, sometimes on the front too! Almost always the date and location and if you are lucky you will get the name and age of the person in the shot.
Along with old photos, I also love to find postcards and books from days gone by, the older the better! A postcard with a postal frank mark from the early 1900’s makes my heart sing. A book with a wonderful cover and journal worthy pages is a great find too – including dictionaries, encyclopedias and National Geographic magazines preferably from pre 1950’s.
Where do we find all of this story making joy? I find paper treasures at estate sales (go to the basement if there is one!), thrift shops, library sales and antique shops. Get to know your local antique shop owner and they will more than likely look out for things like old photos for you, my local antique/thrift shop know me as ‘the photograph lady’ and keep any piles of old snapshots for me to look through first.
Right then, let’s get into our journals!
- selection of antique photos -found or family-or photocopies of said photos if you don’t want to deface the originals
- pile of pages from old books
- glue stick
- pens – fine liners in black and white
- anything else you need to make a background
Find a standout photo, image or postcard and work your page around this, imagine or recount a story for your image and include it in your page.
Use found words and phrases from old books to make a poem or piece of prose relevant to your page.
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!