the lovely Elizabeth over at Altered Book Lover asked us all to experiment with background techniques for this lesson. I have to admit to not having a lot of the products that Elizabeth showcased for her amazing technique tutorials but I didn't let this stop me from playing ha ha.
I decided to pick out a few products from my stash and also raided my kitchen tee hee, hence followed some improvisation and severe plumbing of the depths of my memory!!. The results were varied to say the least........
The first sheet was created using a base watercolour wash, I then scrunched up some newspaper and ragged on some acrylic paint to create some texture, subtle maybe but I really liked the result -
The second sheet was created by saturating the paper with water and dripping on some distress re-inker and some acrylic ink, not too happy with this one but am sure I can do something with it in my book somewhere!!!!!!!! I did love the way the acrylic ink spread though........
Tee hee, most people choose to blot their soggy pages with kitchen roll before they start to dry them but a lot of the time I prefer not to do this and I end up spending ages chasing drips around my page with the heat-gun, I love doing this as you never really know how it's going to turn out until you've stopped chasing the drips and taken a step back. I love the way you end up with streaks and gradients of the same colour (lol, I hope that makes sense??)
My fourth page was done on a larger sheet of watercolour paper. I saturated it with water again and used the same approach as sheet three but this time I wanted to try using some salt (ha ha, this is where my brain started hurting after the plumbing of the memory!!!) to see if it would draw the colour as I have read that it should?? The result was 'different' to say the least and I have to admit that I have no understanding of what or why!! Any ideas peeps??............
Admittedly I lost patience a little and started using the heat-gun to dry the sheet, this is probably why the salt was not entirely successful? Ha ha ha, when I looked at it sideways all I could see were the makings of 2 strange space alien thingys that I could bring to life with lots of doodling, lol my mind works in strange ways but I'm probably going to give it a go at some point!!!
My final sheet started as a test of a new spray ink I had indulged in!! This is also not really to Elizabeth's brief but I am hoping to incorporate it into my book somehow. I think this could be classed as a 'work in progress' as I think it could still do with a little more oomph!!
I started by masking off a grid and spraying Memories orange juice mist, this was then masked and the remaining white space was sprayed with an acrylic ink wash I made up myself. I then decided to let rip with some Stampotique, Acey Deucy, My Minds Eye, Papermania and various other stamps to build up layers. The DI's came out too and were used through and over various masks and sequin waste. Lots of doodling followed and here you go........
Blimey, my apologies for the length of the post but I had so much fun playing that I wanted to share it all.
Did you make it through without dozing off tee hee????????
If you did, thank-you so so much for visiting, I really appreciate everyone's time and thoughts.
Hugs from Thundery Cornwall