Call it fodder or ephemera, collage artists are always looking for FREE sources of interesting images and paper items to add to their work. I love magazines for my quick collages, like the one's I have been posting over at Nourishhment for the Soul this past week. (In a future post, I will share some of the various uses of a magazine outside of image and word harvesting.)

Our library sells outdated magazines for 25 cents each. Plus I have generous friends who know I like to collage, so I often get donations from them. Another source for cheap magazines or old books are the thrift stores, like Goodwill or Salvation Army.

On occasion, I will splurge and buy antique ephemera at an antique mall. And once a year St. Louis has a vintage postcard show. But I digress, I was talking about FREE fodder.

Besides the library, you don't have to go any further than your mailbox. There are some great and unexpected treasures in there. I love the patterns found in security envelopes. Advertisements and catalogs have interesting images and plenty of words.

I used junk mail and a quote from a friend for yesterday's collage.

Click here to see the process of how I chose and arranged the junk mail fodder.

Other fun sources for fodder includes the paint department at a hardware store. I found fun swatches and a stencil. (See the ad card below.) It's made out of plasticized material, so it will even be reusable.)

Here's my color swatch haul!
If it's FREE, I will take it. I also gather inspiration from brochures and free magazines around town. One fun place to pick up items is at one of our local art supply stores. Here are some examples of what I found there the other day. Again, I don't use these in anything except my own personal journals, so I don't have to worry about copyright issues.

Happy Treasure Hunting!


06/07/2016 10:30am

Your blog is very good to read and is looks very creative to me because I love this kind of work that is very unique and interesting to see. Treasure hunting cards are looking very excellent.


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