What is Vintage Collage Work and Junk Journaling?

What is Junk Journaling?

Similar to a scrapbook, a junk journal is a notebook made from many types of papers, from daily shopping receipts, fabric, recycled materials, newspapers, brochures, and ticket ephemera. It varies from person to person, you can use your creativity to hand-make a crafty journal booklet in any form you like.

A junk journal is a type of art journal that is created using a variety of materials, including vintage papers, found objects, and ephemera. These journals are often decorated with a variety of techniques, such as collage, stamping, and hand-lettering, and can be used for a variety of purposes, including journaling, scrapbooking, and art therapy. They are often created using a variety of materials, including vintage papers, found objects, and ephemera.

What is Vintage ‘Collage’ Work?

The word Collage means ‘gluing’ in French. It is the act of layering and arranging different images and/or materials to make a piece of art.

Collage is a technique for making art from the beautiful old things around us such as postcards, greeting cards, and photographs to letters and scraps of cloth.  You can easily get this vintage stuff from antique stores, flea markets, second-hand shops, and even our homes.  The techniques include painting with gouache and altering the background of your collage; transferring images; pressing and preserving botanicals; and aging and scumbling, which help to emphasize the vintage quality of your materials and to unify the piece as a whole.

Ephemera refers to items of paper that were not meant to be kept for a long period of time, such as ticket stubs, postcards, posters, and other types of printed materials that were intended for temporary use. In the context of stationery, ephemera can include items such as old letters, postcards, and other types of correspondence. These items may be collected as a hobby or for their historical or sentimental value.

Ephemera collages are artworks created by arranging and gluing various types of ephemera, such as old letters, postcards, ticket stubs, and other types of printed materials, onto a surface, such as a canvas or board. These collages can be used to create a nostalgic or historical theme, to tell a story, or to create a unique visual composition. The materials used in ephemera collages are often chosen for their aesthetic qualities, such as their colors, textures, and patterns, as well as for their historical or sentimental significance. Ephemera collages can be created by individuals as a form of self-expression or by professional artists as a medium of art.

We offer a variety of paper goodies in bundles which include papers & envelopes, postcards, handmade paper, stamps, newspaper articles, vintage stickers, washi tape, tickets,  journal cards, tags, die cuts, and many more. These goodie kits can be used in many different crafts and decorations including scrapbooking, journaling, planners, card making, collages, nature journals, travelers’ notebooks, mixed media arts, pen pal letters, and gifts.