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Junk Journal Page using Copic Markers

Hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas and that Santa brought you something craft related!  Today I'm using my Copics to create and alter a Junk Journal page!  People often ask me how I deal with the bleed through from the front of the page I'm working on - onto the back of the page, well  this is one of the ways I make use of all the pages including the grubby back - just add a little collage!
To create your own Junk Journal page - you will need to gather some supplies - I collected some photos from the holiday, the front of a Christmas card (thanks for such a nice card Aunty June!), wrapping paper, the recipe for the dessert I made and a photocopy of one of our favourite Christmas songs (my Mum would shoot me if I ripped a page out of the vintage songbook)!
To begin, I cut the recipe and the song score to the same size as my journal pages, then I stuck a piece of the wrapping paper onto the left and right sides to create a border.  I picked one of the colours on the Christmas card and found a matching Copic Marker (V99), then using the method for Copic Stamping I stamped Snowflakes from Flourishes 'Handmade Snowflakes Set' over my background papers (the colour turned out a little unusual - but I still liked it).
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To make the background paper match the wrapping paper, I used my airbrush to add colour - I used E81 & E84 to colour the pages - the E81 all over and the E84 on the top nd bottom only - this helps to complete the pge borders.

 The next challenge was the photos (taken on iPhones) which all had very different colours, particularly in the backgrounds.  So knowing that these were printed with Copic safe ink (these were done on a laser printer - though some ink jet printers also have Copic safe ink), I used T0, T1, T3, T5 and T7 to colour the backgrounds of each photo.  This not only made the images coordinate a little better, but it also added a little frame to the images and made the central figures stand out more.

You can see in the photo below, the Copic on the left and the original background on the right, even on the first coat the grey is making the image look more interesting and bringing the focus to the central images - I'll be doing this a lot more as it works beautifully.

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Once all the backgrounds are coloured, use fancy washi tape to stick the photos onto your pages (trim off any overhanging bits), I used the wonderful snowflake tape from one of Tim Holtz' washi sets.
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At this point I decided I wanted to add some journaling, but there was nowhere to write!  So I used my Molotow Marker (white 4mm) to add some journaling circles.  I applied the paint using a water marker so that some of the background peeked through.

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Hmm - my pages still don't quite match - I need to find a way to bring a little of the colour from the trumpeting angel image onto the right side page, so I've drawn a sprig of holly with a 0.3 Copic Multi Liner and coloured it with colours from the card (Copics used: V91, V93 & V99 - berries and Y13, Y15, Y28 & YR24 - gold leaves).  Now I know this isn't the traditional colour for holly, but honestly it's the only Christmas image I know how to draw!  The finished sprig matches the angel and is quite eyecatching - there may even be a hint of Gold AtYou Spica on there so the leaves shimmer.
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Add a little journaling and doodling and the page is finished.

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Products Used:

  • Copic Markers
    Background of Page: E81 & E84
    Background of Photos: T0, T1, T3, T5 & T7
    Gold Leaves - Y13, Y15, Y28 & YR24
    Berries - V91, V93, V95 & V99 and T1, T3, T5 & T7 for shadow
  • AtYou Spica Pens - Clear and Gold
  • Molotow Paint Markers - White (EF), White 4mm & Black (EF)