Tuesday, May 04, 2010
And now - for something different
I had fun, so thought I'd share what I did.
You need: a piece of card stock (I used white); gesso; a paint brush; a newspaper (I used the ad section); acrylic paint.
I tore the newspaper into pieces being sure to remove any really black or any overly blank sections. Then I painted a layer of gesso onto the card stock and placed the newsprint on top(while the gesso is still wet). You can rub it down with your hands or a brayer. Leave for 15-20 seconds and remove the newsprint. If you leave it longer than that, the newspaper will stick and won't come off, which is what happened to me when I tried to cover the entire large piece of card at once. I finally tried just coating an area of the card with gesso and then applying a big enough piece of newspaper to cover the wet area and that worked much better. If you are unhappy with any section, just reapply the gesso and newspaper.
Allow to dry completely. The final step was to water down some acrylic paint and 'goop' it on however you'd like. I used three colours, one of which was a metallic gold. This would make great backgrounds for atc's, postcards, or greeting cards.
You can click on either picture to embiggen it!