Welcome to Life Documented-Week 33 with Lynette Collis

Theme: Art appreciation Month : Embrace yourself - Embrace your Art

TechniqueUsing pretty paper serviettes/napkins as a collage layer

Prompt: Be inspired by one of your favourite artists

Quote“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Hi everyone - I am so happy to be here as guest artist this week. I always love to share my process and hope you enjoy this week. Please also come and visit where I regularly blog at http://lynettecollis.blogspot.co.nz/.

As always, I have highlighted the prompts in green as I use them.
I ♥ Klimt - he is one of my favourite artists. I love his patterning, his figures, his use of gold, his compositions, his lovely elements of swirls....I could go on! Starting from there and wanting to share one of my favourite journaling techniques with you, I began by gathering some pretty paper serviettes.

First I painted the background of my spread gold so that there'll be a glow to the page as I layer up, and then I chose the serviettes that would be added as a collage layer.

First separate the back layers off your serviette so you are left with the top layer only - there are most often 3 layers to a paper serviette (the middle layer of this one may also be usable since it has a faint print of the top layer).

To get exactly the pieces you want from the serviette, use a small wet paintbrush to outline the element, and then tear around that water line.

Spread your gel medium/glue onto the page just covering the area of the element you want to add, lay the serviette on top, and then use the remaining glue on your brush to smooth out from the center to the edges. The torn edges blend beautifully into your background.

Do this with different serviettes to lay your base collage elements.

Then layer up - I gathered some of my favourite small stencils.

and lovely Iridescent paint - you can add iridescent medium to ordinary paints for that lovely shine.

Now time for more serviettes as the main act - torn with the wet paintbrush technique. 

Time to play with some layouts and then to glue down what I love. 

I added the figures and butterfly and then highlighted with a white Gelly Roll Sakura pen cos it's all feeling a bit dark.

When I feel like it's a bit of a hot mess, I know it's not done and I need to add more!!

A good tip to see what you might do to fix a page is to photograph the page and look at it in black and white.

This shows up my problem areas and here's what I did next - my "go to" favourite feature stencil with white paint sponged through.

Also added another paper serviette butterfly and some black line drawing to highlight the squares a la Klimt....plus more white outlining/doodles to highlight.

I always knew that I would be adding found words and I had a wonderful find for $3 at a recent Red Cross Book Sale of a large print dictionary which gave me Embrace, 

and I often use words from Large Print romances as well.

Now I can call my spread done.

I so hope that by seeing my full process you are inspired to do a page using serviettes and to keep moving forward until it's done. 

Leave a comment here or on my personal blog so I can come and see your version. Embrace the process - Embrace your creativity ♥

For further inspiration see my post about decorating the cover for my Daily Journal which used the same techniques here http://lynettecollis.blogspot.co.nz/2017/01/cover-decorating-party.html


  1. Lynette, this is absolutely wonderful! Very helpful explanations! :)

    1. Yay - thanks Anna. Can't wait to see what you do with it!


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