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Unsticking Art Journal Pages

To keep the pages in my art journal from sticking together, I use parchment paper. In the states, parchment paper is sold at the grocery store in rolls. It's in the baking department near the aluminum foil and wax paper. It is usually white or brown. Put parchment paper in between the pages and put your pages/journal under heavy books overnight.

You can just keep re-using the paper, and any paint on the parchment could transfer to your page. The yellow on the page below was from used parchment. I don't mind, but you might.

It can take a few hours to a few weeks for an art journal page to be completely dry. It depends how many layers of acrylic paint and papers you have used. Other factors that influence drying time include humidity & temperature in your work space and storage area. 

Hope this helps in your quest for unstickification.

 Note: Read the comments for more details about the unsticking process!

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Reader Comments (6)

Thanks for the tip. And I like that bit of transferred yellow looks good.

09.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

Do you do this after it dried? I was wondering because some of my heaviest (full of acrylic without any water) always stick together even after dried, I kinda wish that didn't happen but don't want to use parchment paper in every page ;P

09.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCath

Janet - I adore the bits of transferred paint, you never quite know what will happen. And if the parchment is wrinkled, even better!

Cath, Great question. I wait until the page is a bit dry, and I do use full strength acrylics a great deal as well. I might wait an hour or so if I'm working on loose paper, then put parchment on the page and then under books for a few days. If I'm working in a journal, I am less patient so I might just wait a few minutes and get if the paint smears a bit. It might take a few weeks for the page to fully "dry" so having the parchment in between ensures that they dry without being literally stuck together. In all of the pages I've done, there have just been a handful that need parchment for some infinite amount of time.


09.13.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

Thanks for the tip ;) Will definately keep this in mind next time! Sometimes I don't do heavy pages because I don't want them to stick together and ruin another page =)

09.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCath

i also use parchment paper on my journal but only my moleskines because i don't have problems with the others...It must be the moleskine's paper... i think
Thanks for sharing

09.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterNessa

I use plastic page protectors. I got them from the dollar store and cut them to size. Each page protector made two plastic sheets. :)

02.1.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh Ann Lukens

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