Sunday, April 21, 2013

UNSUPERVISED PLAY

I can get lost for hours watching YouTube technique tutorials and, sadly, retaining little.  That said, once in a while something seems totally within my grasp and my abilities, and I immediately head for the studio and begin pulling out supplies.  Yesterday, I found several tutorials on the "waxed paper resist technique" for creating art journal page backgrounds.  Most of the tutorials require using an embossing machine.  While I have one, I was being lazy and thought I might be able to accomplish much the same thing by using Gesso as my base.  First, the reveal:


Here are the simple steps for creating this background:

  1. Apply a generous coat of Gesso to your art journal page.
  2. Create a random textured pattern by using your brush to push around the Gesso.
  3. Cover your page with a piece of waxed paper; press gently.
  4. Allow to dry naturally for a couple of hours.
  5. Peal off the waxed paper and discard.
  6. Use spray inks (I used two) to cover your page, blotting with baby wipes as you progress.
  7. Allow to dry (do not recommend using a heat tool).
While I am pleased with the outcome, what I learned is that you cannot successfully stamp directly onto your textured background!  An "oops" moment very quickly averted by stamping my image again on a piece of cardstock, coloring it, cutting it out and adhering the image to my background using pop dots.  I then used stencils and some acrylic paint applied by "pounching" with a stipple brush to add the clock and flower images.

Here are some close-ups of the journal page:


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16 comments:

  1. This is brilliant, I love your bright background, and what a fabulous quote xx

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  2. Great quote, love the clocks and colors.
    Sandy :)

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  3. Yep, she is so you! Fab page Kay, love the sense of fun :) big hugs xxx

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  4. Hi Kay! I'm loving all your posts! Your journal art is beautiful, colorful and fun! I also thank you for every lovely comment you have left at my blog! it's very much appreciated!
    Hugs!

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  5. Great page, love the technique. I too loose many an hour on youtube tutorials.

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  6. Nice PINK, love pink, page.....I would never get anything done if I watched youtube ever......glad you do. xox

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  7. Kay; this is a great page. Thanks for sharing how your background was done - lovin' the pink! Makes me feel happy! xxoo

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  8. Thanks for sharing this technique, Kay. AND many thanks for your lovely comments re Gooseneck and for pinning me - WOW THANKS!

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  9. Sweet page!! Thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog. :)

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  10. I really like this page -- and the sentiment is perfect. Thanks for explaining the steps of your resist adventure. The result is wonderful!

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  11. Oh Kay I love that saying. So applies to me :) you are really whacking these pages out. I havent done another one yet. I just don't seem to get the time.... will have to just make time and stop spending so much time on the web :(

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  12. Oh how flippin cute is that!!! I love your humour so much Kay ... and it comes through SO beautifully on your artwork. lol LOVE this page!

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  13. Love this Kay! Where can I get waxed paper? Cheers x

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  14. Youtube can be overwhelming...too much to see and do! This technique looks simple enough and I have the supplies. Glad you found it and shared! Now I want to do it too!

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  15. Great page! And yes I agree.. You Tube is amazing both as a time sink and a lot of inspiration, some of it wonderful.

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  16. Hello Kay ! Lovely background and beautiful girly page !! Oh yesssss, how you're right about youtube videos ! I'm like you, I love seeing videos sometimes when I can take 5 minutes quietly (not so easy yet ..), but each time I retain little boo hoo... I think we should note all the steps meanwhile, but it's so long then ! Good technique today ! Big hugs, Coco xx

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