Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Having Some Fun....

Are you sitting down? Are you calm? Do you have a cup of tea/coffee near by? I don't want you to get overly excited but I do have a little art to show you! It isn't anything more than some background paper but hey, it's something!!

Yesterday I just HAD to get some paint on my hands! I started with a brown paper bag that I cut and spread out on my worktable. I added random bits of paper....just stuff that was already out on the table except for the paper doily. I had to search for that! I knew I had them but just where had I cleverly hidden them?!!



I used some small desktop calendar pages, some tissue paper and other scraps. Then I added a light wash of cream paint over everything....



This is the (cheapie) paint I used. I think it's from Wal-mart. I've said this before, but I like some of the really cheap paints when all I want is a wash or a hint of color. This particular paint works great when I want a hazy look. It pushes things back but doesn't completely cover them. I know it won't hold up over millions of years but for something like this I don't care....



Then I used a credit card and scraped on some pinkish-red paint....



Immediately I sprayed a light mist of water over the red and using another credit card, I scraped most of the paint off. Of course I smeared all that watery excess onto some other paper to use later....I don't like to waste paint!!

When that was dry I scraped on some aqua, misted it, and went through the same steps as before....



Then finally I did the same thing with some purple....



Here are a couple of close-ups of the paper when I finished....





I like how there's so much texture on this paper both from the paint and from the added papers and doily. I wish now that I had wrinkled the brown paper before I added to it. I think that would have given even more texture. Next time I'll try that.

This technique is nothing new. I found some notes that I had made quite some time ago so it was probably on someone's blog but I don't know whose. If it's yours or if you know who did it please let me know and I'll give credit. I'm always making notes when I see something I want to try but many times I forget to write down where I got the idea.

I did another smaller version on some heavy watercolor paper using different colors....



All in all, I like this technique and ended up with some good background papers....plus I had fun doing it.

Today I might use some of that paper for some postcards but who knows. At least I got in the studio and played around and I felt better after.

Have some fun today....