While technically this illustration was not created within the pages of the Moleskine Sketchbook, it was pasted in using a gel medium. This method can be used for creating collage-type images for your journaling projects in which you want to create a soft effect with a texture that is similar to an acrylic painting. It is also a great method to use on cards or for making art to hand on your walls.
This collage was created in Photoshop using photos from a vacation I took to Jekyll Island. To add softness and wear to the illustration that is reminiscent of the sea shore, I added the pastel filter to give the image an illustrated look. You don’t need to filter your photos for this method to work well, I chose to do this as an artistic choice. The collage was printed on a color laser printer to which I applied a thick layer of Golden gel medium over the image area. The gel medium was allowed to dry overnight. Once dry, I ran the image under water to remove the paper from the gel medium by gently rubbing the paper until it was completely removed and set it aside and allowed it to dry. The color from the laser printer remained embedded in the gel medium. From there, it was a simple matter of applying more of the gel medium to the paper in the sketchbook and pressing the gelled image into the medium and allowing to dry.The gel medium I used was a soft gel with a matte finish. For sharper images, you can use a gel with a glossy finish.
This image has 2 letter T’s, one which was completely accidental. I added a green T on the right page intentionally, but the T that appeared in the center of the collage was a happy accident. Once I realized the surprise T was there, I opted to add a T that was sans serif to repeat the one created in the illustration.