Left: Sometimes I doodle with the brush pen—creatures out of my imagination. Sometimes I like them so much I want to stick them in my journal. Sometimes I want to play with them in a variety of ways. That's how this little guy came about. I made copies of him to "try out" on a number of collaged backgrounds. Because he was drawn on rough paper with a brush pen there is a lovely roughness to the black line. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
I am woefully behind in scanning, just keeping up with my fake journal, work, and getting through bronchitis. My fake journal, which I wouldn't post here anyway, is too large to scan, so I can't even show parts of it easily (though I have put a piece up over on the Official Fake Journal Blog, until I can work out how to handle it).
In the meantime here, as part of the hiatus, I have taken today's topic as collage, ephemera, and the use of acrylic media (in collage).
One of my favorite posts on using ephemera I posted in 2009 and it can be found here. It's short and should get you back to your journal quickly.
If you are new to working with collage and wonder if there is a "better" or alternate way to glue things down I think you might find my post from 2011 on "sealing" and "encasing" ephemera helpful. Originally I wrote a long post to the students of my Strathmore workshop, about these materials. Since not all my blog readers were taking that class I wanted to share the information on my regular blog as well. That post talks about the how and why of encasing materials in acrylic medium.
(Note: I get asked all the time if my Strathmore journaling and collage workshop is still available. This four-week class is not currently available, but I do have plans to make it available in the future as part of a series of online classes, so please check the "classes" category of this blog periodically.)