Monday, November 10, 2014

Ordinary Everyday Things

More and more I find I am enjoying techniques in art journaling that use ordinary everyday things. A few weeks ago I ran across a tutorial on Pinterest that used contact paper as a mask. So after searching a few stores and finally finding a roll of clear contact paper at Target, I gave it a try. I decided to just try it in a simple way first and cut some wavy lines from the contact paper.

Next I placed the contact paper strips onto a piece of watercolor paper which I had already prepared with text paper and gesso.

I then used Tim Holtz distressed stains and paints with stencils. 

Once the ink and paint was dry I took the contact paper strips off to reveal the gessoed text.

I then completed my art journaling with a quote, ink highlights in white and black, and some text paper scallops.

I see great potential is using contact paper in art journaling. 

What ordinary everyday things do you use in art journaling?


  1. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. That is really beautiful, Mary - thanks for sharing xx

  2. It is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.