This is a great jumping-off point for a journal page because it can make a statement on its own or serve as the basis for additional layers. Sometimes, a collage layer is simply applied to add texture to the page.
What a jumble of stuff!
I'm using segments from mass-mailings, rental car maps, advertisements, bits of cut fabric,
clothing tags, you name it....
cut and torn pieces of cloth and papers are "glued" onto watercolor papers with medium-body gel medium. I have 4 pages going at once.
a detail of one of my collages: I forgot to mention my boarding pass and
an old tram ticket from a trip to Amsterdam...
the collages were layered with gesso and writing
The blue circles were printed with a thermofax screen, and now I
am layering some matte medium for the next step....
these are elements cut from a piece of mulberry paper,
positioned on the matte medium, and additional matte medium is painted over the paper.
Next, I am drawing squares on the surface using chalk
I pulled matte medium over the chalk, which stabilizes it on the surface
eh, the pink chalk doesn't really register on the surface.
Since I am playing with circle/square as the theme for this page,
I want a more significant mark....
..so I will try blue chalk
I like this better.
Now, I must stabilize the chalk with matte medium.
Incidentally, the blue chalk was applied onto a dry surface.
I like the chalk because it "skips" over the uneven surface and I like that effect.
After multiple layers, I like what I have here.
I like that the pink and blue chalk squares reference the squarish pieces of collaged ephemera,
and the white circles of the paper respond to the larger, printed blue circles below them.
Here is the same collage before all that "other stuff" happened!
Have fun making collages. I look forward to seeing them!