As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I am absolutely addicted to making backgrounds… especially when life’s a tad chaotic.. I find creating these to be incredibly soothing, and a great release of any tension that I have internally stockpiled.
This is what drew me back to experimenting with Karyn’s Easy, Acrylic, backgrounds technique (Week 1 of Try It Tuesdays). I should have posted these the day I did them, as now some of the details are foggy to me.. but here’s a general idea of what I did, and the results they yielded.
# 1. Paint Colors Used: Yellow, Mango, Midnight Blue
8″ x 8″ Canvas Panel
I started with a collaged background of ephemera scraps.. then applied the gesso.. and did Karyn’s technique .. the washes were more watered down, so that the text would peek through.. on this one, I used a finer mist of water and let it sit for a lil over 5 minutes (great time for a quick studio clean up!).. I applied my stamping, then washed over the entire board with a combo of the yellow & mango washes.. the canvas looked duller, so I re-applied the midnight blue .. over the stamping.. re-misted the water.. and was thrilled with how it turned out. The colors are different for me.. but I love the tropical feel this has… I’ve already finished a stunning piece out of it, one I’ll share later. I will definitely continue on this path of experimenting more with this process. It has endless possibilities!
# 2 & 3. Paint Colors Used: Mango, Barn Red, Lumiere Gold
5″ x 7″ & 4″ x 4″ Canvas Panels
Not much of my own take on these.. I tried using Lumiere paint as the final paint, and am pleased with the sparkle these have. I’m not happy with the depth, so I can guarantee these will end up altered more :-) I did make sure not to completely brush the edges.. I applied the 2nd color randomly around the edges, instead of total coverage.. and am much more content with the blending.
That’s all for now folks.. ’til later.. Chrysti
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