Collage Trees Using Paper Scraps for Art Journal

paper collage treesUsing Paper Scraps to Collage Christmas Trees in an Art Journal

Using paper scraps that are accumulated in the scrap pile, it is simple to collage Christmas trees in an art journal or other art project. 

Mixed media artists, scrapbookers, art journalers, or paper crafters never have a lack of paper scraps around the art station. 

Dig through those paper scraps for materials to collage

For this project, I found scraps in my paper pile with tones of green. I used old scrapbook paper and painted bits from other projects. I then roughly tore and cut those into triangles of various sizes.

Matte gel medium is used to adhere the “trees” to art journal pages. I also used some gold dot tissue paper for a little something extra and to add dimension. If you have not used tissue paper or patterned paper napkins in your collage, you are truly missing out.

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Here is a journal with me process video to demonstrate how this page came together: 

This method is a great way to use paper scraps in an art journal and is a fun way to be creative while using up those  little bits of paper scraps that accumulate in our art spaces.

Try other simple shapes to collage holiday art journal pages

Here are some ideas to get started: 

  • Rectangles and triangles can make a row of houses
  • Try a circle and triangle to make a Santa face. Add cotton or fringed fabric for a beard. 
  • Cut star shapes and make a starry sky.
  • Simple circle shapes make ornaments on the tree. 
  • Rectangles and squares for presents. Use glitter or other embellishments for ribbon and bows. 
  • Cut a variety of shapes for candy and treats. 
  • Try a circle with the middle cut out for a wreath.

There are endless ways to cut repetitive shapes from those paper scraps and make festive collage art journal pages. 

The fun of these types of art journal pages is getting creative by adding all the extra touches and embellishments to the pages. 

Try using paper scraps to collage Christmas trees or other holiday motifs in your Art Journal

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2 thoughts on “Collage Trees Using Paper Scraps for Art Journal

  1. Lee W.G. Stafford November 30, 2023 — 4:23 pm

    I love this so much! I plan to use this with my students for a quick assignment tomorrow. Thank you for the fun and positive insights!

    1. I hope they enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing and for the sweet comment my friend! 🙂

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