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« on: December 10, 2015 04:12:43 AM »



My biggest dogcare client has kept my wallet fatter this year so I did a portrait of his pups that will go to him for Christmas. They look just like Smudge and Mazy but the surrounding area is so blank! I have many ideas of what I could put there (his house, surrounding trees, etc), but the medium is pen and ink and watercolor, so I know I will wreck the whole picture if I put watercolor around them, since it dries so quickly and will leave horrible streaks and lumpy areas due to me not being able to get to every inch of background as it dries.
How can I add CLASSY background to this piece?  Any ideas?

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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2015 04:59:08 AM »

How about a lightly inked/stenciled background - something light and pale so as not to compete with the images.  Darker at the edges and fading in towards the center to form a bit of a halo effect perhaps.  Mist lightly with water and you can get a nice soft effect.

I did this for a few card backgrounds I made - like this








Or what about another small darker mat behind the focal piece to frame it a bit more definitely against the gray, maybe a textured card stock. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2015 05:11:16 AM »

wow, I love the inner cardstock frame idea. I also like the first idea but if I mist, the dogs get wrecked since they are watercolor. I am not skilled enuf to mask them off in order to do that. but if I use enuf water in my general wash, I may be able to get the effect of which you speak. I will think on it today and perhaps make an attempt.
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2015 05:39:30 AM »

You definitely will want to practice this on something other than your finished dogs (BTW, they are beautiful - sorry I did not mention that earlier).  But you can just do a simple cover over your focals - a piece of paper, cardstock, whatever, even your hand.  I did not even cover over my pieces when stenciling.  If you have a fine mister bottle - I have the mini misters from Ranger, or even the little make up misters - you can do a light spray, not soaking the paper. Then aim away from the focals to control the moisture, let the ink run lightly and control it with blotting with a dry towel or heat gun.   
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2015 09:40:00 AM »

there are some lovely inks that are light in color that would be nice...

Chalk inks give a very nice effect and can be easily rubbed off or blended right up to your focal image...you can even use your fingers to smudge or, a cotton ball...

I like your dogs and those cards are gorgeous!

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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2015 10:10:16 AM »

lovely dog portraits!  I like both ideas brought up (haha so much help in choosing)  One thing to keep in mind if your background doesn't go as planned-you can always carefully cut out the dogs and mount them on some other background.  Its my go to when I want to save certain elements in a painting but can't stand to look at other parts Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2015 12:48:55 PM »

Two thoughts come to my mind. Masking, and workable fixitif.

You can tear wax paper for a subtle mask over the dogs, covering that part of your image when you work the background.

Or alternately tear wax paper to expose the dogs and spray workable fixitif on them so the colors will not bleed onto them, only on your background. You will be able to dab overspray that way.

Pretty dogs. What a wonderful gift.

I have used the cotton ball/Q-tip method that was mentioned for the chalk. You can place a stencil, and get great control where you wish it. And spray the fixitif to set it.

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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2015 08:37:34 AM »

problem solved!!  Link here for final piece...
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442128.0
thanks to all for input, you folks rock!!
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