Make Gorgeous Decorative Papers for Collage

How to Make Gorgeous Decorative Papers for Collage from Beth Marcil on Vimeo.

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These are scenes from my most recent visual journaling workshop. In this first of three classes, participants paired up to paint on a large piece of paper using only hands (with gloves) & homemade stamps.

The intention is twofold: 1) to let the inner kid come out and paint with wild abandon 🙂 and 2) to create exciting decorative papers with multiple layers of visual texture.

Stamps can be made from recycled household materials such as bubble wrap, flip flops, and jar lids. There’s no limit to items you can use for stamping; just look around the house for anything that is fairly flat but has a textured surface. Acrylic paint can either be sponged onto stamps or applied with a small foam roller.

Working with a partner, though not necessary, is a lot of fun and adds an element of spontaneity to the process.

The papers will later be torn and used as collage elements on journal pages, so there’s no need to sweat any ‘mistakes’ you make. Examples of journal pages using these decorative papers are also shown in the video.

Enjoy! I hope some of these ideas are helpful to you.

About Beth Marcil

Beth Marcil is a well-recognized Maui artist who also leads SoulCollage® workshops and Visual Journaling as well as private coaching sessions. She blends her many years of art training with her love of healing and the creative process.


  1. Your present work seems even more inspired and dynamic than ever before, Beth. Your dedication and heart have taken your expression to a new level!!
    Your exciting video made me want to pull out all my packed-up art supplies, cut up my flip-flops, throw down a drop cloth and have a ball…..

    • Thanks for your appreciations, Sherry. I’m happy to hear that the video inspired you! Once you get started, it really is hard to stop;
      the possibilities are limitless!

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