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« on: March 03, 2008 04:49:14 PM »

So, I use a lot of pre-printed background papers for different things and, while I'm currently using up my stash, I thought I would try my hand at making my own.  The thing is, I always feel like it's missing something.  Take this one for instance:



I love these colors together, but I just feel like it's either too busy or not busy enough.  Maybe it needs a glaze or something.  Let me know what you think.
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2008 05:20:24 PM »

HI, I have no idea if it needs changing, but I just wanted to say how beautiful those colors are.
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2008 06:54:42 PM »

it's beautiful!  that would make a great book cover or part of a collage...and i don't think you need to add anything, i like it the way it is.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2008 08:48:41 PM »

Wow!  I really like this.  At first I was thinking it did seem to be missing something, but the more I look at it the more I love how it looks right now.  I like all the different textures and the dainty scrolly thingys.   Wink
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2008 03:12:32 AM »

I love it - what a great idea
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2008 05:22:07 AM »

Thanks for the compliments!

Actually, the more I look at it the more I think you all might be right and I should leave it alone.  If anything, maybe I'll print it out and add stuff to the printout before I use it- I could experiment with different types of paper, materials, etc.
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2008 05:28:23 AM »

How did you make it?
What different techniques etc did you use?
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2008 06:03:01 AM »

I basically squirted three colors (turquoise, apple green, and an off-white) of paint on a sheet of watercolor paper (which I will use for something else later) and used a brayer to spread it over another sheet. Whe it was dry I used a sheet of punchinella and some bronze metallic paint for the circles, brown chalk ink and stamps for the swirlies, a random lid with paint on it for the big circles, and last I added some more apple green in a few places with a brush.  Mostly I used whatever was already right there on my desk.
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2008 02:02:58 AM »

It's really nice but I too get the funny feeling it's missing something.
Maybe add some diagonal, scratchy gold lines? I'm not sure. Great idea though; I've been thinking about making my own background papers as well but I've been too lazy or afraid of the mess.
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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2008 02:09:49 PM »

I love making my background papers too.  Sometimes I take my rubber stamps load them with ink and make "test stamps" all around my paper.  I think it's a cool effect when the stamp impression isn't perfect.

One of my trick is to just keep going until the whole paper is ugly ugly ugly!  Then I reach for my white gesso (or you can tint it) and with a dry paint brush I lay a few whispery strokes over the painting.  I can always add more gesso or re-surface the whole thing and start over if I want to.  But the gesso thing can bring your paper back if you go too far.



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