Monday, December 10, 2012

{collage journal} red + black + cream

An abundance of art supplies is a wonderful thing, but it can also be overwhelming. Sometimes I have so many ideas and choices whirling around in my head that I end up doing nothing! I decided to make it easier for myself by working in a journal with a handpicked selection of supplies and a limited color palette of red, black, and cream. The strategy worked! I happily snipped, pasted, and stitched bits of fabric, paper, and thread into my journal with nary an ink pad or pencil in sight!

This page was inspired by a Citra-Solv transfer that didn't quite work.The sweet little bird image is from The Graphics Fairy. I tossed it in to my pile of scraps, and when I discovered it again, I loved the blurred, worn, wintry feeling of it. I think the bird looks like it's been dusted with snow. Transparent Ice Resin papers from Michael's and a bit of washi tape created a background in a cinch!

Here's a simple page with burlap, a velvet flower, and rolled up tubes of paper stitched on with red burlap string. A tiny staple holds a fluttery bit of red string on the right side.

A vintage receipt, old dictionary paper, and some pretty patterned papers from Jenni Bowlin topped with washi tape and more Ice Resin paper fill this double-page spread. I love the packet of Ice Resin papers I bought, but I'm anxious to make my own! I found a wonderful video tutorial on the product website here.

This is the cover of the journal I'm using for my collages. I purchased it a few months at Barnes and Noble, and I love the nubby fabric cover! I was saving it for a special project, and now it's dedicated to red, black, and cream collages.

The journal is filled with this beautiful, handmade lokta paper. I love the creamy hue and the thick, luscious texture of the pages. I can't wait to work in it again!


  1. Super cool journal!! LOVE how that bird turned out - nobody would ever guess that that isn't exactly what you were going for - it does look like snow!

  2. love the bird, as well.
    wish i would take the time to crate like this . . . seems so relaxing and satisfying.

  3. looks like you had a fun day! love your color combo!

  4. Beautiful. I love the idea of using a single color scheme throughout a journal. I've been thinking of doing the same myself (although I haven't actually done it yet).

  5. Hello Kimberly, Thanks for the kind comment you posted over at my blog. I am so happy to have now found your blog. Your work is lovely. I love this little book you are creating, and especially love "the bird" page. So very beautiful. I too find that sometimes too many supplies are overwhelming, and decide to use a few leftover scraps to create with. So much fun!

    Kim (from Letting in the Light)

  6. Your journal is wonderful - love the little bird image. The color palette is perfect.

  7. Hi Kimberly,
    Love your work. so nice to have found your blog through Roxanne workshop. I really like what your doing with the Citrasolve.
    Happy 2013