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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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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2008 08:45:07 AM »

At first I thought that it was lacking a bit the I realized that it is was designed to be a background paper. Scine you will be adding to it with embelisments or even cutting it up it is really hard to say what it is missing. Maybe it is just ready to be used.
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« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2008 01:23:38 AM »

I think its really pretty!The colours are really nice together, I wouldnt have thought of it.
 
You really have me wanting to get out everything to make stamps. Mine never turn out nice and the colours always end up being really horrible!!!!

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