{E} Collecting ephemera




things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.

“there were papers, letters, old boxes—all sorts of ephemera”

collectable items that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.

“Mickey Mouse ephemera”

From an art journal perspective, ephemera includes almost any paper element that you can glue onto your pages – ranging from old book pages, letters and Victorian imagery to ticket stubs, receipts and mail order catalogues and collage and scrapbook papers.

And there are a variety of ways in which you can use these elements. I loved gluing down text pages as the background of my art journals. A lot of it gets covered up in the layers that follow, but there are bits and pieces that peek through and I love that!

You can do a paint over collage technique – which essentially entails gluing down an image and then going over it with paints to make it look more painterly. Fun!

You can also simply glue down one or more images to represent what you are feeling/wanting/doing at a point in time. Journal your thoughts around the image, maybe doodle in the margins, and you have yourself the start of a slightly more primped up diary.

Scrapbook paper can also play a more upfront role in your art journal – use it as a background to create over or cut them out to create a dress or hat for a character in your journal.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. If you think of any more, do share them with me in the comments!

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  1. Feel like singing….these are a few of my favorite things….while reading this! Like I told you before, I hoard stationery and also have a stash of ephemera…quaint wrapping paper, entrance tickets, book marks, catalogues, stamps, magazine cutouts…you get the picture? Yes so I am ready with my stock 😉
    @KalaRavi16 from

  2. As a hoarder of pretty things like pretty paper , my crafts supply is overflowing with lovely prints that will never see the light of day cuz they’re too pretty to be used 😀

    • Oh, I know that feeling so well! But I tell myself…I’m an artist, not a museum curator, and then I take a deep breath and use that stash! (Verrrrrrry slowly and rebelling all the way) 😉

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