Backgrounds for your collages are all around–you can use ripped up magazines, paints, books, or. . .your own photographs printed on unusual papers or exaggerated in size. Train your eyes to see backgrounds, photograph them, and the world will fill up your journal.
Take photographs to save the idea, and then print them on a variety of papers–photographic papers will give you a stiff, glossy surface.
Printing them on copy paper will give you a softer look, but be careful–ink jet ink will run with glue. Spray it with several light layers of fixative first.
Print them on Lazertran or transparency paper. Print them on heavier paper and paint ink over them.
Or just leave them alone and use them as the beautiful backgrounds they are.
From top to bottom, the images are:
1. Rock wall with a dried vine, taken at the Washington Arboretum in Washington, D.C.
2. Close up of a letter stained with tea and printed on Lazertran.
3. Close up of a sidewalk stained by grass fertilizer and very hard water, Mesa, AZ.
4. Close up of salt-stained staircase in Washington, D.C.
Quinn McDonald is a collage artist and a certified creativity coach who teaches collage art and visual journaling. See her work at RawArtJournaling.com