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    Step #414: Ephemera

    {originally posted in March 2010}

    "Success, which is something
    so simple in the end,
    is made up of thousands of things,
    we never fully know what."
    ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

    a tag from the car repair shop

    a ticket stub with an ad on the reverse, and a map underneath it all

    typed lists

    Ephemera is a word that art journalists use to describe the "stuff" they put in their art journals. Stuff that's technically not an art material per se. i.e., receipts, handwritten notes, photographs, fabric, beads, hand painted paper, thread, magazine/catalog images, pages from old books, maps, sheet music, newspaper, product packaging, ticket stubs, metro tickets, airline tickets, product packaging, graph paper, old dictionaries, lottery tickets, product instructions, fruit stickers, wine labels, office supplies, washi tape, masking tape, painter's tape, clips, leaves, ribbons, fabric scraps.... 

    You get the idea.

    A list of things I've used in my art journal.

    A list of things I haven't used in my art journal {yet}.

    Wikipedia has a great collection of Public Domain image links.

    What is your ephemera-of-the-moment? I think I have a map addiction. 

    Find more in the step-by-step art journaling series.

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    Reader Comments (5)

    I love finding ephemera on ebay. they have whole categories dedicated to postcards, antique photos, etc. :D

    old book pages are a favorite of mine. i have a dictionary with a broken spine that's mostly falling apart with beautiful yellowing pages i like to use in my collages.

    03.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

    i heart the following in colloges:
    pressed flowers/plants
    paint chips.... all those great colors!
    (confession time!)doodles cut from my church bulletin that i drew during service (blushes)
    notes from friends
    scrapbook paper (torn is best)
    if theres a cool book with picture son sale at the little used book table at my library, they are usually cheap so i buy it! only 50 cents to a dollor. sometimes a quarter!
    things ive colected from outside
    flyers from places, national parks, amusment parks
    music lyrics printed from intenet
    cool mysterious landscape images from bing. (bing search cool ocean, mysterious ocean, mysterious landscape, pretty ocean/jungle/field/forest. my faves are forest, ocean and meadow.)
    envolope seals
    typed up pages of a report or random thing i typed on Word, like for school. or written copies of the like, painted or collaged over. i once used a supplies list for altered art and cologed over it.
    junk mail has the most great sayings! But wait! Youve been invited! You Won! Buy now!
    signatures of myself, friend, or autographs. i used a autograph i got from a favorite author.
    in short... anything and everything. sorry for such a long post.
    from ME! (a 13 year old art journaler to be!)

    07.22.2012 | Unregistered Commentersomeone

    Thanks for the links to your earlier posts! Very cool idea collecting everyone's lists - hope that you get a thousand things!

    02.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLadySeishou

    We are all about getting rid of stuff in my house. Everything goes in the waste basket or recycling bin. That's where I fish out of a lot of things to make craft projects with. I like it because it keeps things unpredictable. Except, I have a secret... I've been saving/hoarding cool quotes and words from tea bags. I have about a dozen and a half of them. Slowly they are making their way onto cards to friends, but we drink a lot of tea so...

    02.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlivia

    Water color pencils
    Stickers, 3-d and flat
    Pattern paper scraps
    Magazine cut outs
    Wrapping paper
    Speech bubbles
    Bubble wrap
    Sermon notes
    Embossings of my texture plates and leaves
    Coffee cup holders
    Stuff copied out of cookbooks, not just recipes
    Letter stickers
    Handmade flowers
    Prima flowers
    Tape (drywall, electrical and surgical, since I don't have any Washi)
    Bread fastners
    Nail polish
    Eye shadow
    Playing cards
    Greeting card
    Punched items (I have a lot of punches, but the one I use the most in art journals is probably my trusty n0n-scrapbooking hole punch)
    The bottom of a pine cone
    Bling pieces
    Paper frames
    Junk mail
    Sewing pattern
    Straight pins
    Drawing pencil
    Printables (stuff you get off Internet for paper crafts)
    Die cuts
    newspaper clippings
    brown paper bag
    fabric leaves
    grocery store coupons
    pieces from the end strips of pattern paper
    Photocopies of pages from books

    02.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

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