Sunday, 18 March 2012

Sketchbook Showcase: Bianca

Hi there, I'm Bianca, I blog at Goodnight Little Spoon. I am 21 and I live in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia and I love to collage. I'm very happy to be able to share some of my journall-y collag-y things in aid of Rachel's Journal Month. I've been journalling since early high school and I now study Contemporary Art at university - I'm really fortunate that I can often transfer my love of collage and journalling into my subjects.

I recently finished off my first Sketchbook Project journal. It was great fun and really good to have a deadline, but bittersweet to sent it away in the end. These are some pages from my sketchbook - my theme was "Time Traveller".





A few years ago I curated a little mail themed travelling journal that I sent around to some mail loving internet friends to add to. The contributions to it were awesome, though sadly, the nature of this kind of thing is that some people keep the journal for months and months without adding to it or passing it along, and that's where it's at now. These were a few of my pages:


My top 5 tips for collage and art journalling:

+ Use materials that you have around you. I find that my best work comes when I limit my supplies; I might choose one magazine, a handful of paper scraps from my drawers and a nice gel pen and see what I can come up with. Collaging isn't something that should have to cost you very much money. I keep receipts, ticket stubs, bus tickets, used envelopes, price stickers, found shopping lists, clothes tags, etc to use in future collages.

+ Get inspiration from others, but don't let it stifle your creativity. It is great to take inspiration from other people's collage styles. Some of my favourite collage artists are Peter ClarkJordan ClarkeBill ZindellLilianna PereiraJulian PacaudNatalie MalikKarena ColquhounBeth HoeckelDani Sanchis & Luci Everett.

+ Use different mediums. Try collaging onto a piece of wood, making a collage postcard, collaging onto index cards, book covers, cardboard boxes, envelopes, cards, post-it notes, on top of thrifted paintings, as well as into journals and on paper.

+ Experiment. Not everything you make has to be something you put on the internet or share with others. Don't feel like everything needs to be a work of art. Spend lots of time playing with materials. Learn what you like.

+ I think it's important to invest in (or make) a journal that you feel really comfortable with. I like a hard cover and really thick drawing quality pages.

I also find it fun to journal while watching TV or to take a bunch of supplies and go collage at the library or in the park (wind permitting!).

Some miscellaneous collages I've made:




I love making collages in the form of mix cd covers for friends:

Mail art is a great low-pressure way to collage - you cover an envelope or postcard with bits and pieces and then send it away to someone. A bit of travelling art.


This is my current journal:

I find journalling and collaging really therapeutic. Happy journalling!

.... I am not sure how to follow this post accept with WOW. Thanks SO much Bianca for sharing your beautiful collages with us, and for being the first in my sketchbook showcase series! I am completely in awe! Be sure to check out Bianca's blog Goodnight Little Spoon for more of her lovely work and words. What an inspiring lady! 

If anyone is interested in sharing their sketchbook or journal here on the blog then please contact me by email ( I have decided to continue the feature after journal month so there is currently no limit to the number of slots :) so get journalling! 

x Rachel 


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