Using “Ugly”Papers


These pages are from my Book 22, which is a junk journal or collage book. I started with “ugly” scrapbook paper, my own art that was ugly and other random papers. The page on the left is the back of a scrapbook paper (which was white). The first two layers of paint I mono printed with yellow and dark navy blue, using circle stamps and leaf stencils. Then I used an old house paint brush to apply the light blue. The flowers are cut from package-stuffing paper that I doodled on, and the “flower pot” was torn from a mono print made with an onion bag.

On the right is one of those scrapbook papers or designer papers that I thought was ugly and had every intention of painting over. I am often surprised how an ugly paper or artwork looks pretty when it is cut or torn up and paired with other colors and textures. However I thought this whole page needed covered, but after seeing it next to the previous page and decorated with various mono print papers stapled down it is not ugly anymore.

Life Lesson: There are times when our own lives get ugly, too ugly to fix, you just want to cover it all up and do it all over. But if we allow God to have control of our lives He will use the ugly and make our lives beautiful again!

About nball252

Hi, my name is Naomi, I am a Christian, certified aromatherapist. I also have an Associate Degree in Bible. I looked for books about aromatherapy from a Christian point of view and didn't find any, so I wrote one, The Aromatherapy Advocate. An introductory book for Christians on aromatherapy. I have one son whom I home schooled. I started using essential oils 10 years ago. I love the fragrances and I love the powerful benefits of using essential oils. I received my certificate about 10 years ago and have been teaching and writing about aromatherapy from a Christian perspective since then.
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1 Response to Using “Ugly”Papers

  1. Sonya says:

    Ugly papers make beautiful artwork! I love the onion bag, mono print flower pot! Thanks for sharing!


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