Journal 52's prompt this week was Sparkle and Shine. I thought those berries were perfect for that idea.
I really like working with napkins in my art journal. I could never paint a bird as pretty as this one. I love that I can take a paper napkin and collage it into a really nice page.
When working with napkins the first thing I do is separate the layers. Most napkins are 2 or 3 ply. The top layer is the only one with a design on it. If I don't separate the top layer from the others when I begin to glue, the top layer will peel off leaving just the white layers on my page.
Jean Parker taught me a neat treat for separating the layers. Put a small piece of masking tape on one corner on the back side. It will hold the white layer so you can peel the other layer off.... It works like a dream.
If you want to cut out an element from your napkin the easiest way to do that is to glue that element to a piece of paper. The paper gives the napkin enough stiffness that it's easy to trim.
I used glitter glue on the berries and the bird's tail to give it a little shine.
Link to: Journal 52, Art Journal Every Day