Archive for April, 2007


Tried this new background technique this morning. This is not a small piece. It’s approximately 11″x12″. My intent was to create a few background pages for future use. Why is it some of us can’t seem to stop at just the background? LOL I just get too involved. This technique is a lot of fun!

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Weathered Metal Challenge – added alcohol inks, metal rubs, and black acrylic – final sanding [Image from the New York Public Library]

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Gesso, paper, transparent acrylics, luminieres, and frozen opals background. [Image from 1916 Harper’s Bazar Cover]

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Mistake ?

I finally had some time to play around with backgrounds this afternoon. There was a nice background layer of inks and metallic markers. Next was supposed to be scrunched up tissue papers.

Didn’t I decide to use up an old bottle of Mod Podge instead of my usual medium.
More than half the bottle spilled all over the piece. Aargh!

So what do you do? Pour off what you can, brush off the rest and then scrunch the whole thing up into a ball. Next, open it up, put it inside a sheet of wax paper and scrunch it up again. Mash it, roll it – but don’t keep it that way too long.

Peel it back open and you’ve got the great start on a very nice background!

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Decided to add what I could before it dries (and it’s going to take a LONG time to dry).

Hard to believe this was thick cardstock.

This image just seemed to be the perfect one.

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Added just a little bit more. No further growth until it is completely dry. Drat! Sure hope it doesn’t take days. This is fun!

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Another altered post card. We were given another card and selected some images from artist Marilyn Rock’s class to take home and alter.

The images, mica, and aging created a haunting look to the piece. A little ‘bling’ added some zest.

Can you find the face of the second female?

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This is another altered post card created in a class taught by artist, Marilyn Rock.

Layering of images and transparency brought about a very interesting result.

It put me in mind of the Titanic tragedy and gives the appearance that a woman is being raised up from what would have become her watery grave.

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This is an altered postcard created with a peeling paint background.

The background technique was learned in a class taught by artist, Marilyn Rock.

The butterfly is a sealing tape transfer and the wheel is from a sheet of some sort of mica composite.

The rest is stamping and aging techniques.

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