Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Graphic 45, Alice in Wonderland Collage Journal Page

This is my very first Art Journaling class, and I really didn't know what to expect.
I had seen other people's journal pages on-line and was totally awe inspired.  They are all so beautifully creative, artistic and so inspirational.  I have to say a was quite daunted and a teeny bit terrified....

The class was at Art From the Heart, with the fabulous Dyan Reaveley.
I bought my first ever journal which was a moleskin,  and was ready for the day ahead...!

We began by preparing the pages for the background of the collage, by using Adirondack acrylic paint dabbers.  I used Citrus, Lettuce and Red Pepper.
I applied the paint straight on to my journal page using a baby wipe.  The baby wipes ensure that the paint goes on smoothly and it is also perfect for blending with.
Once this base layer was dry, I created extra 'layers' on my pages using Dylusions background stamps and stencils in contrasting colours.
I used the Around the Edge stamp plate from the Dylusions stamp range to create the leafy border along the top and down the sides of both pages.

The collage part of the journal page was selected from Graphic 45 - Alice in Wonderland papers, and they are absolutely gorgeous, it was such a shame to cut them up.
We had about six 12x12 papers and it was so difficult trying to choose which images to cut out and where to place them on my page.

This is the left hand page of my journal.  As you can see, i have selected some iconic images and placed a quote which says: "After tea we will catch the bus and go into the town to buy a new basket".
It is important to lay each image on your pages before you commit to sticking them down, because once stuck down, it will have to stay there. At least by doing it this way, you can change your mind as often as you want...!!

This is the other half of my page.  I just had to include the flying pig, the bunting and the Cheshire cat in his cage!! On this page the quote says "A very strange thing". 

Once you have glued everything in place, and let the glue dry, it is important to trace around each image with a black fine - line pen, I also drew around the leaves.  This grounds the images and stops them looking as though they are floating in mid-air.  It also gives them better definition.

It did take me a while to select which images i wanted and where i wanted them placed, but I think it turned out OK for my first ever attempt.......

See you soon bloggers ...x


  1. Really like these, the strong colours make them stand out

  2. Love these pages - it was a great day - love what you did with the papers xx hugsxx