Hey everyone, Katie here to show you how to create a fun art journal collage using Tombow Adhesives and themed patterned papers that are perfect for summer. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to create a background in your art journal, then you’re going to love this! Let’s get started!
- Tombow MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue
- Tombow Xtreme Adhesive (optional)
- Art journal (I’m using a handmade journal, but any journal with mixed media paper will work! Learn how to bind your own here.)
- Summer themed scrapbook paper, ephemera, photos of the beach, flamingos, etc.
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen
- Tombow Fudenosuke Neon Brush Pens
Choose your patterned papers and tear down to smaller sizes for collaging. You can use scissors to cut them too, but I love the look of the torn paper to create soft edges in a collage! Besides scrapbook paper, you can also use maps, book pages, watercolor swatches, doodles, etc.
Begin by laying out your different paper pieces until you find a composition you like. You can completely cover the background or like me, just cover 3/4s of it! I wanted to use this flamingo photograph, so I cut it into a strip and adhered it down on one side, arranging the smaller pieces off the side of it.
Adhere everything down.
Tombow’s MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue is ideal for glueing paper to paper for collages. If you prefer a dry adhesive, I recommend Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to quickly adhere down even the heaviest of cardstock papers and watercolor paper!
Finish embellishing your art journal by adding a “Hello Summer” header, some journaling, doodling, stenciling or whatever your favorite way to embellish is!
I used a Black Dual Brush Pen to hand letter on “Hello Summer” and outlined the words using Tombow’s Fudenosuke Neon Brush Pens for a pop of color.
Wasn’t that easy? I love easy art journal pages! Thanks for playing along with me. If you’re looking for similar projects, check out these posts from the Tombow archives:
- Tombow Essentials for Junk Journaling
- Create a Paris Themed Art Journal
- Easy Paper Strip Collage
- Art Journaling with the Blending Palette