Art Journaling, Creativity
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What do I use from old National Geographic magazines?



Yesterday was a good day at the library, a patron came in and asked to borrow the cart to bring in some National Geographic she wanted to donate.  You know it is going to be a good haul when a cart is needed!

Two trips and over one hundred magazines later, the library was the proud owner of Nat Geos from the early eighties onwards.  As the other librarians were rolling their eyes and getting the recycling bin ready, I was squirreling them away to go through once I had finished my morning’s work.

I sat down in the meeting room for one and a half hours and went through each one looking for photographs and images to use in my art journals.

I don’t tend to pull much from magazines but I found some great images in this little lot.


This was part of a series of historic photos from small towns in Missouri.


This is a portrait of Alice Liddell who was the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice. Taken in 1872. She looks like a modern girl to me.


How ace is this lady! Adventurous and fabulous.


A collapsible crown, what a genius idea.  Gorgeous, I might draw this crown and use the page too.


The colours on this photo are perfect for an art journal page. I can’t wait to use it.


I pulled this painting out of the magazine because I thought it was beautiful, then I recognized the name of it and realized that it is the painting the book ‘A Piece of the World’ was inspired by.


Two jellyfish from different issues, they look just perfect side by side I think.

These are a few of the images I pulled from the magazines and I am very grateful to the nice lady who dropped them off.  The ones I didn’t rip apart I put in the library free box and by 10am today they had all gone!

Nothing better than finding treasure!

Happy Wednesday x


  1. What a treasure trove! I love chopping up mags for collages. It becomes like a jigsaw puzzle, shifting images around to make a picture – just that you don’t know when you start what the end result will be!

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