I’ve always been enthusiastic about collages made with images from books and magazines. It’s something anyone can do, with no art training at all.
Since the 1990s, that was one of my missions: To show people – especially women – that they could express themselves in art, no matter what.
Initially, I focused on torn-paper collages, because they were easy and were supposed to look a little “messy.”
Also, some of the words & slogans in magazine advertisements… wow! They can be great lines to include in your artist’s journal.
If you’re art journaling with magazine photos and text here are some videos that may inspire you.
First, a short video of Kelly Kilmer flipping through some of her artist’s journals. She uses lots of magazine images in her work, but also pens, paint and other fine art supplies.
Not seeing that video? It's at https://youtu.be/gVfe1wlwbd0 where you can find more of Kelly's art journaling videos, too.
In the next video, you’ll see how pitje4life adds magazine images – one over another – in her journal. (This starts part-way through the video, where she’s actually putting the images on the page.)
I don’t recommend using white glue to attach paper, because you risk it bubbling the paper, even after it’s dry. But… I’ll talk about that, later. First, the video:
Instead of white glue, I recommend something like Golden acrylic medium (Soft Gel, Gloss). I apply it gently with a sponge brush. Then I place the paper where I want it to stay. After that, I leave it as it is.
Do not smooth it, or you’ll stretch the damp paper and it will stay bubbled after it dries.
(I learned that technique from collage artist Claudine Hellmuth, when we both taught at Artfest.)
Also – from my experience – I have better luck letting the collage air-dry, instead of applying heat. (Your mileage may vary.)
Or, you could try gluesticks, as Jenn does in the following video. It’s about 10 minutes long, and she shows you exactly how her two-page collage came together. It’s from the “One Magazine Challenge.”
Her YouTube channel is Art Therapy with Jenn. Video link: https://youtu.be/H6FFrTRLf84
And, if you’re wondering where artists find delightful and deliciously quirky images for these kinds of collages, here’s Colleen McCulla‘s seven-minute video explaining her resources.
I hope those videos inspired you to create some magazine collages in your artist’s journals. (I can hardly wait to start a new journal, after seeing these.)
If you have any questions or tips, I hope you’ll leave a comment, below.