incredible tip/technique! The speckled stone spray would be awesome and add a texture---another great idea! You rock![end quote]
Oh dear! (stone spray/ you rock) hur hur
69 pages and my eyes hurt
So, other techniques not necessarily from ATC's though but other sources (ie mum being a playgroup person!)
The bubbles with poster paint work well (three and four year olds love them too!)
Printing from painted bits of string- dunk different lengths of string/ yarn etc (try them knotted too!) into liquid paint- (poster paint for cheapness and bright colours), spream them into a plastic tray, cover with a piece of paper and press.
Proper marbling- you don't see this very often now! Tray about 2 inches deep, half filled with water. Mix a little oil paint (bright colours work better) with something to thin it (turps, special thinners or white spirit) and drop a few drops on the surface of the water. Add maybe two other colours... drag different things through the water to create patterns but don't swirl too much as the colours will start to blend together... (try using a fork or just give the water a stir). Then carefully lay the paper on the top of the water (make sur eno air bubbles and it doesn't go under the surface!). Peel off the paper carefully and leave it flat to dry.
You can also get special marbling inks but that takes the fun out of it!
Oil pastels can be thinned with white spirits and spread around like paint... blended together etc.
Can anyone remember playing with glass marbles as a kid. Drop some in some poster paint, put a piece of paper at the bottom of a tray (at least one inch deep) and roll the marbles over the paper. Great fun!
Piece of cardboard- plain white non shiny. Add small snippets of thread, yarns, sequins, ribbon, foil and other sweetie wrappers. Cover with clingfilm (I think you call it shrinkwrap in the US?), place a piece of baking parchment over the top and iron on a fairly hot setting. Sets the threads to the cardboard base well! Makes good gift tags!
Stamps with an eraser. Rather than carving the eraser, choose one with a lovely shiny smooth surface and write on it with a biro (the opposite of how you want it to come out obviously!) and press onto paper. The stamp will last for a couple of prints, you can go over it with biro again and when you are done, it wipes off. Unique- one of a kind prints!
Hope these inspire you
Kathryn aka BoatBird