20 August 2014

Super Speedy Paint Backgrounds: A Tutorial

Hello!
After my last tutorial using ink to make a background, I thought that today I would go back to my 'go to' medium, paint! 99% of my backgrounds are made using paint, and I'm going to share a very quick and easy technique that will get you a fab background in a couple of minutes!
First up, the finished project.....
Right...the background! The main thing to remember is speed. Don't stop to think, just do it! We want a little blending/mixing going on, so no drying between colours with this one!
Get all your paint squeezed out onto a palette (or a bit of acetate!!), so you don't need to stop to change colour. Add your first with broad strokes of the brush..
My 'brush of choice' is a make up brush! A foundation brush to be precise. Love the feel of them, they're cheap as anything and the bristles don't fall out and stick to your work!
White is great to add in between colours to blend....
I don't stop to clean the brush either, just keep going! Pale purple next...
To stop it looking too 'blocky', add in more purple over the blue...
Plenty of white to bring the colours together! Up to now, I have used vertical strokes. Add in a few horizontal too...
I use less horizontal strokes when applying wet colour over wet colour because these tend to mix up the colours and make things a little too muddy for my taste. Up to you though! Now I add in my dark 'pop' colour...
Still wet over wet, and still not cleaned the brush as you can see! Less of the darker colour as it will obliterate everything otherwise. Colour needs to be a bit balanced though, so add a little more dark on the other edge of the piece...
I love the blue/white/purple scheme, but decided to add in a bit of pink for a change!
By now, the paint is starting to dry off, so you get nice texture as well as colour as the wet paint drags over the drier paint underneath..
That is the base layer finished...and should have taken about a minute and a half!
Now we need to add the details, so clean your brush and dry off the wet paint on the background!
This next set of pictures look very similar.... Each layer of detail is subtle, but it all adds up!
I stencilled a little through some sequin waste..
Next, print a few lines here and there..
Dots and circles...
Stamping...
And the final touch, sewing the background to a bit of black card! I also did some stitching over the paint to add more detail..
This is now very nearly done, just focal images/embellishments to add, and then text. Sometimes I add more to the painty details too, if I feel the end look is missing something! In this case I added red accents to tie in with the red hearts.
I created a flower look from some rather awesome Prima mechanicals pendants...
I covered the metal with gesso, then just flicked purple paint at them! The hearts are Fimo clay, painted red and with tiny blue dots added. Wire stems, with coils around them to make them a little more substantial! The deep pendants make wonderful 3D flowers..
Final touch, words cut from a book..
Phew...are you still with me?!!
I hope you have a go at the speedy painty backgrounds....great fun and a great base for any page!
Love Trish xxx





















15 August 2014

Drippy and wet.....

No, not me personally!!!
Hello!
I have an messy inky background technique to share today, the background I used to make this...
Make sure your work surface is covered, and put gloves on if you don't like getting very inky!
We need to prepare the surface first. As we are going to be using lots of water and ink, the surface needs to be sealed, so give a chipboard square plenty of gesso layers to begin with! I wanted a little texture and pattern on the background, so got out the texture paste and the stencils......
(Yes, I know, white on white makes for a great picture.......)
Next, get out your inks! Now, you can use any ink for this technique (paint too), but I much prefer acrylic inks. They dry to a permanent finish so you can layer them without any mixing and muddying of colours, which is a very good thing! The other benefit is that I find they are much more light fast than other spray inks can be. I like to look at a project months down the line and for it to still be the same colour as it was when I made it!
So....drip on a drop of ink...
Then spray with water. As you play about with this technique, you'll get a feel for how much water you want on the surface. I would say, start out with a little bit at first, then you don't drown the project! You can always add more....
Now tilt the surface so the inky water moves about...
Move it about until you're happy, then dry it off. Add more of the same colour to fill in some gaps....
Again dry it off. Drying in between layers not only stops colours mixing and running, it also stops the surface from getting too waterlogged!
Second colour...
Add the water...
This time I added a little more water, and let most run off to colour a larger area..
Dry off again, and add another colour...this time I used red to complement to yellow and pink...
Once that was dried, I thought it needed a 'pop' colour.....turquoise!
Squirt on the water...
Let it run off....
Add more if you feel it needs it, then dry off for a final time...
Once it it totally dry, you will notice the colours lighten slightly, you can see this if I put a finished pic next to the just inked pic above..
For some reason, the red seems to lighten the most....weird....
Anyway.... I did a little printing and stamping on the background...
I also painted white circles, and melted white UTEE for a splattered look...
Because the background is so busy, I wanted the focal image to stay black and white...
My 'go to' Stampotique girl, with added text stamping in her dress!
Lots of messy detail, and a nice way to play around and make some backgrounds!
Have a nice Friday everyone!
Trish xxxx














10 August 2014

'Oh Joy' : An Art Doll tutorial!

Hello!
I'm back after a little break, all ready and raring to go with lots of step by step tutorials! The first one today is an art doll technique. I love these, and there are so many ways of creating them that this might not be the last this summer!  This one is a doll hanger..
 I'll show you some close ups of the finished piece at the end so you can see more detail!
To start, sketch out the head and body on a scrap of chipboard...
No drawing skill needed! Cut them out...
(Then I nearly got distracted as that pic, with the head in that position, gave me another idea! One to save for another day!!!) I covered the chipboard with book pages..
French text, for a change! I did just a little painty decoration of the head and body...
I left the crown part free of paint, as you can see. At this point I remembered I needed legs..... so, back out with the pencil and chipboard!
Cut out, book text and decorate..... I added stripes and red shoes...
Now the legs are done, finish off the body...
Doodling, a cut out word and a red heart. The head needs a face, so stamp on onto tissue using [permanent ink...
Don't worry if its not perfect, we're going to cut bits off! Glue the tissue to the head shape using Mod Podge both under and over the tissue. Even if  the tissue does not cover the whole head shape, I would always add that top layer of Podge over everything. That way the finish is even across the whole shape...
Once dry, the Mod Podge will disappear....
I've doodled a bit around the edges, and added red dots!
The last thing we need to make are her wings. Create a painty background on a scrap of card..
Stamp with a butterfly stamp....
Then cut out...
I have separated the wings as my body was just a little too wide for the butterfly to be used uncut- the wings didn't stick out enough!
Now we're ready to assemble!
The hanger doubles up as the Art Dolls arms... they look almost ballerina-like, raised above her head! The arms are thick wire, and just hot glued to the back of the body...
The wings are then glued behind the arms...
The head needs to be stable, but I wanted to add it at a jaunty angle, so a neck is a good idea! The neck is a bit of bamboo skewer covered in a book page...
The head can then be glued however you wish...
Whilst the head needs to be static, I wanted the legs to have movement. I glued a loop of wire to the body...
Another loop of wire was glued to the legs. This loop needs to be at a 90 degree angle to the loop you already glued to the body. Snip a bit out of the loop on the legs so that it forms a hook.......
Simply hook the legs onto the body...
All done!
So, a simple, painty body...
Topped off with a quirky head....
And every Art Doll needs red glitter shoes...
Hope you like her...I'll be back with another tutorial soon!
Trish xxxx