Art Journaling with Security Papers

Security envelopes are printed in different patterns.

Security papers are found in envelopes to hide the contents of the envelope. Years ago, envelopes were lined with tissue papers, now they simply have a printed pattern. For years I thought the patterns were all the same, but recently, when I was opening a lot of bills (sigh), I noticed the printed patterns varied from envelope to envelope.

Here’s a scan of a lot of patterns. I think they’ll make great backgrounds for journal pages. Some are quite dark and distracting, others are a little paler. Wonder if I can mix prints?

–Quinn McDonald is a raw-art journaler whose book, Raw Art Journaling, Making Meaning, Making Art will be published by North Light Craft Books in June, 2011.