Throughout the roughly four years that I've been keeping art journals, I've kept both the more "traditional" mixed-media journals as well as a series of collage-only journals that I call collage journals, scrapbooks, or simply gluebooks. The rules are simple: collage and pen work only, no paint. I have kept these journals partly to challenge myself (to see what I can make with limited materials) and partly to use up all the paper scraps that I keep accumulating - although somehow the amount of papers and ephemera that I have stored away never seems to really decrease!
I kept this collage journal from 2009 to 2010, and on the pages shown here, I used graph paper, wrapping paper, dollhouse wallpaper, magazine cutouts, stickers, and some of my own recycled doodles that I cut out and glued in. I also added details with gel pens. The theme of this page spread is, obviously, gardens. This page still appeals to me today because of its colours and imagery, most of which I still find myself using (in various incarnations) today. Inspiration from nature has been one of the most consistent themes in my work over the years. I also love this page today because of its colourful exuberance - something that I think I lost for a while but may be getting back now.
What images and themes repeat themselves on your art journal pages, or in your written journal?