In this lesson, we will be using the collage paper we created in Lesson 06, together with other papers.

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  • an inkjet colour copy of my handmade collage paper created in Lesson 06
  • scraps of music sheet paper and craft brown paper (from an envelope)
  • glue stick
  • small craft scissors
  • Caran d’Ache gouache set and waterbrush
  • heat tool/hairdryer
  • handmade foam stamp and Ranger Archival Ink pad in Sky Blue
  • Faber Castell Pitt Brush pen in Black
  • graphite pencil
  • white-out pen



I am starting by using gouache to create a wash as my background. I have a more or less defined idea of what I want to do in this project; I have decided that I would like to create a scenic page. I am using green for the ground and blue for the sky (not very original, I know, but I want to keep this project quite basic). As my collage paper is very busy with colours, marks and patterns, my background needs to be as plain as possible so that my collage elements will stand out.

I am then cutting shapes and letters out of my copy of my handmade collage paper. These will serve to build my focal point elements.

I am creating some texture on the sky by using archival ink in Sky Blue (slightly darker than the blue wash on  my page) and a handmade craft foam stamp (random lines of different lengths and thicknesses glued on a craft foam sheet). I stamp quite randomly on my blue section, making sure the whole area is more or less covered. It makes the sky not so plain but still some kind of neutral; the pattern and ink colour are not too overpowering and give the effect of clouds in the sky.

I then move on to gluing my collage elements. As I previously auditioned my elements for size and placement, I realised that they were not standing out as much as I would have liked. So, I decided to include other papers, of a more neutral nature and colour; I am using a brown craft scrap of an envelope and a scrap piece of music sheet. It gives some separation between the elements, making them stand out a lot more.

Using a black Pitt Brush pen, I am writing the rest of my journaling and outlining my collage elements to make them more defined and pop on the page.

I am completing my project by adding finishing touches, such as scribble marks with a graphite pencil on the background and touches of white paint to bring more contrast.

This is a very simple but very effective project, and you can make it as easy or as detailed and intricate as you like.