10 Ideas for An Aesthetic Collage Art Journal Spread

10 Ideas For An Aesthetic Collage Art Journal Spread​

HAY! How art you? Do you own an art journal? An art journal is a visual diary where you can record your thoughts and ideas, and express your feelings freely using any art technique or medium. There are no limits as to what you can do with it, therefore it is a wonderful creativity outlet for the artsy souls. Lately, I have noticed many creative collage art journal spreads across social media, and they got me really tempted to start an art journal myself. In this article, I have put together 10 ideas for an aesthetic and beautiful collage art journal spread. Read on if you are interested!

1) Make a quote with paper cutouts

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Hand letter using an art medium of your choice.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Don’t know how to hand letter? Head over to Skillshare to access a variety of hand lettering courses. Sign up with this link for 2 weeks free premium subscription!

2) Put dried flowers and leaves to good use 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you don’t have any dried plants lying around, botanical illustration stickers work well too. Get them here or here.  

3) Use a retro label machine to make stickers

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Get the Motex label machine here and its compatible refills here.

4) Create an artsy musical score background

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It is rare to have musical scores lying around so you might want to consider using newspaper to create a similar texture.

Or consider getting this vintage sticker set.

5) Recycle book pages for that vintage look

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you don’t want to destroy your novels or non-fiction books, consider using a page from a dictionary instead. 

6) Repurpose tags and envelopes

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Purchase some kraft paper tags here, or make your own DIY tags and envelopes with recycled paper.

7) Reuse old tickets or receipts

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Think out of the box and repurpose any scrap materials you have lying around. Check out the hashtag #junkjournal on Instagram for more creative ideas! 

8) Aesthetic polaroids or photos are a must

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Download images that are free to use from Unsplash and print them out with your home printer, or simply create your own paintings via an art medium of your choice.

9) Add character with magazine model cutouts

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Alternative:

 

Check out some quirky art museum theme sticker sets here or here.

10) Lastly, layer, layer, and… layer!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Thank you to the talented journal artists who have kindly allowed me to share their creations in this article. I hope you found these ideas useful, and be sure to check out the related videos and links below.

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Related videos and links:

1. How to Art Journal by Jordan Clark

2. “Aesthetic Collage Art Journal Spreads” Pinterest board

3. 2 weeks free premium subscription on Skillshare

4. Collage Style Bullet Journal Setup

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