Wednesday, June 3, 2015

JFJ 15 for 30 Challenge - Day 3: Random Collage

What would the Journal Fodder Junkies be without the fodder - the ephemera - the collage materials? We collect so much stuff in our day-to-day lives, and much of this stuff sits around the house and the studio waiting to be used. So let’s use it today, but let’s find some things that we can glue straight away into the journal - no cutting, no tearing, no altering. Just spread some glue on the back and stick it in. Glue stick is great if used it effectively. Try not to fuss with messy adhesives like acrylic medium or other glues that take a long time to use or dry. We use UHU glue stick.

For fifteen minutes, glue some stuff into your journal or onto your art. Try to find random and mundane things. If you want to raid your special papers and your collage packs, that’s fine, but what if you glue in postcards, movie tickets, receipts, flyers, labels, and old artwork? These things help document your days and things you have experienced. Remember to really spread a lot of glue on the back of the collage element to make sure that it sticks. Think about adding to pages that you've already started or adding to new pages as a way to get things started. 

Post some of your responses, and use the hashtag #jfj15for30.


Sabrina said...

I am really appreciating this challenge. I tend to get overwhelmed when I start working on an art journal -- themes, ideas, meaning and all -- and I just like to play with color and pattern. So 15 minutes, a straightforward prompt? I think I can do this!

Eric said...

Sabrina, I am so glad that you want to be a part of this experiment. For me the journal is a place to play - to experiment - to pass time. It is also a place to explore meaning, ideas, and themes, but those things often come from the play, the experimenting, and the doodling. The meaning often develops out of the work.