Friday, November 26, 2010

Making backgrounds for ATCs

Been playing around with copper and gold acrylic paints and watercolors.

And of course the gorgeous Winter Birdcage Stamp.

Set Yourself Free ATC

thick watercolor paper (from a sketchbook); gesso; acrylic paint (gold, copper, black); dictionary page; Maya Road or other bird embellishment; Dymo tape; metal charms; Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents; Winter Birdcage Stamp; Versafine.

Tip: To make the paper sturdier, paint gesso as a first layer and dry. Use a make-up sponge to create a smooth finish of acrylic paint. Squirt on copper and gold acrylic paint directly on a whole page of watercolor paper. Squirt black paint last and only along the four edges then blend in. If the black paint is too dark, add more copper and gold. Cut up watercolor paper into ATC size.

Beauty in the eye of the beholder ATC

thick watercolor paper (from a sketchbook); watercolors (in tubes); Winter Birdcage Stamp; Dymo tape; Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents; postage stamp; flowers; pearl string.

Paint your watercolor paper with water. Place watercolor colors of choice in small individual dish per color. Dilute watercolors before painting on paper. Once watercolor is on paper, paint again with water. To get splotches of black watercolor, drip watered down black color on spots on the page. Paint more water to dilute the black. If the black is too dark, simply add white watercolor or more blue color.



Queen Kat said...

Nina!!! these are gorgeous!! I love your style.

Nina said...

Thanks, Vicki! =)


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