(Under) 2 Minute Background Technique

I’ve been experimenting with my iPhone recently, and discovered the free Ustream app which allows to me record videos and live shows with my phone. How cool is that? I’d really like to re-do this one, I was distracted (and stuffy) and it shows.

Super easy. Fabulously fast. Great for journals, or a layer on a mixed-media piece.  I think you’ll enjoy this faux batik, resist type background technique of mine; anyone can do it. Really.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 minutes of free time
  • Your art journal, or watercolor paper
  • A baby wipe
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Rubber stamp (or other object that leaves impressions)
  • Paint Brush/Water (optional)
  • Brayer (optional)

Products I used:

Easy peasy eh?

Artfully Yours,

Gratitude, Collage Tips, Newly Listed Art

 Field Notes

Field Notes – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist – Chrysti

Today’s Creating Art Cards (Artist Trading Cards, ATC’s, ACEO’s) Tip!

Remember this tip? I’ve received quite a few questions about how I mount my cards to the mat board… It’s really so simple. I use a permanent glue stick, and my bone folder to burnish it firmly to the surface. Some of my painted backgrounds, are too thick to use the glue stick… so I use gel medium instead.

 Believe In Your Magic

Believe In Your Magic – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist – Chrysti

Another question I’m asked frequently is what I use to seal my collages.. If a collage needs sealed (not all do) … I use Krylon’s Matte Finish Spray. This is also fabulous for the pieces that have glossy elements, that I don’t want glossy… it helps to unify the collage. I love this stuff!

 Be Mine XO

Be Mine XOXO – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist – Chrysti

I’m also addicted to their Workable Fixatif Spray.. I use it to keep charcoal, inks, watercolors etc. from smudging while I work. I swear by this stuff.


Happy – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist – Chrysti

Now you tell me something — what tips do you most want to hear? A girl can’t give away all her secrets.. but I’ll share what I can!

 Strangely Good & Full Of Grace

Strangely Good & Full of Grace – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist – Chrysti

“The poorest man is not without a cent, but without a dream.”

Thank You all SO very much for your continued support! I’m slowly reaching my goal for my medical bill fundraiser with all these pieces — and I am so much more then grateful! I’m truly touched by your kindness, support and positive thoughts — I am indeed blessed.

Don’t forget to check out today’s giveaway in my earlier post! These giveaways, are just a small way for to express my gratitude.


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Try It Tuesdays: My Week 2 Results!

They see poetry in what I have done. No. I apply my methods, and that is all there is to it.”
Georges Seurat

So, I made time today to try the latest technique over at Try It TuesdaysWeek 2 is An Easy Transparency Alternative, and it only took me 20 minutes to do a bunch. I had done variations of this transfer previously with packing tape, but it’s seldom I am pleased with the result.. I really don’t care much for the shine on packing tape, or the limitations in it’s width.

“I don’t study; I create.”
Viktor Korchnoi

On this batch, I used Clear Contact Paper.. and I LOVE the results.. once it’s adhered to the surface it’s nearly  impossible to detect. A quality I seek in transfers as I want to look as if it’s a part of the artwork.. not just an element that was added. Besides, it allows me the freedom to create transfers of almost any size. I found that the better I burnished each image, the better the clarity of the transfer.

Laser printed images were used for almost all the transfers on the pieces you see below. Keep in mind, these are all works of mine in progress, notta one is completed. Further details are provided beneath each photo. I also did a few additional transfers with other image sources — something I’ll share with y’all later in the week. Matte Gel Medium was used to adhere all of these, burnishing the transfer well to the piece so it’s virtually seamless. Clicking on the image, will open a larger one in a new window. 

cah-tryittuesday-week2-1 B & W Laser Printed Vintage Girl, Dog, House ImageContact Paper TransferAdhered to a hand painted ATC/ACEO background on cardstockTransfer covers the entire Artist Trading Card
cah-tryittuesday-week2-2 B & W Laser Printed Door ImageContact Paper TransferAdhered to this canvas background from Try it Tuesdays Week 1
 cah-tryittuesday-week2-4 Sepia & Black Vintage Receipt Laser ImageContact Paper TransferAdhered to a 4″ x 4″ Art Squared Collage background on board.Transfer is applied over the girl on the left. 
 cah-tryittuesday-week2-5 B & W Laser Printed Vintage LetterContact Paper TransferAdhered to this canvas background from Try it Tuesdays Week 1Handwriting Transfer covers entire canvas.
 cah-tryittuesday-week2-6 Vintage Dictionary PageContact Paper TransferAdhered to this canvas background from Try it Tuesdays Week 1Transfer is the definition of Beautification on the statue.

Using the old dictionary was awesome.. paper rubbed off much faster!

 cah-tryittuesday-week2-3 Color Laser Printed Window ImageContact Paper TransferAdhered to this canvas background from Try it Tuesdays Week 1Transfer is the window on the upper right.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso

All in all, I think I will use this transfer method in my altered art more frequently. Heat transfers are still my favorite, but they don’t work effectively on all surfaces, and can tend to be a lil bit too unpredictable for my taste. This method has less limitations. Thanks so very much Heather for exposing me to this again — I  may never have revisited this process otherwise!

That’s about all folks, if you have any questions.. just leave a comment and I’ll get back to ya ASAP!

Keep those answers comin’ in from earlier too, I am so enjoying your stories!


Try It Tuesdays: My Week 1 Entries

Ok, so what if I started Try it Tuesdays? I can still play can’t I?

Though I won’t be eligible for the prizes (hmmph!) .. I still look forward to all the new techniques that I can experiment with and incorporate into my art.

 Try It Tuesdays Week 1 Mosaic

This week’s technique is an Easy, Acrylic Background Technique by The Fabulous Altered Diva, Karyn Gartel .. Here’s what I came up with when I embarked on this fun journey!

 I’m rushing here today.. so don’t have time to elaborate, or clarify as much I’d like to… I’ll edit this post if/when I get a chance, so feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions!

 Try It Tuesdays Week 1 - 1

# 1. Paint Colors Used: Yellow, Barn Red, Ivy Green
8″ x 10″ Canvas Panel
I wasn’t happy with this one until the stamping.. I didn’t like how my brushed edges had turned out so defined.. I was using good brushes, cause I couldn’t find a crappy one… I didn’t mist it, I held the spray close to the canvas, and sprayed it…then gently soaked up some of the excess water, let it sit for 5 minutes.. then I wiped away some of the heavier areas. I used all 3 washes over the gesso stamping, then blotted off lightly. It ended up with a batik feel to it. In the end, I wish I had added less water to the darkest color of paint.

Try It Tuesdays Week 1 - 2

# 2. Paint Colors Used: Yellow, Ivy Green, Barn Red
4″ x 4″ Canvas panel
On this one, I blotted up the excess paint vs. wiping it .. I preferred this method.. the paper towels I used, leave a neat, subtle texture. I left some of the brush stokes, and added more paint in that step as well. I used 2 of the color washes over the gesso stamping. It kinda has that old world door feel to me. Not nuts on my edging again…will correct this when i complete it as a finished piece.

 Try It Tuesdays Week 1 - 3

# 3. Paint Colors Used: Yellow, Lime Green, Ivy Green
8″ x 8″ Canvas Panel
On this one, I love the colors  together.. I prefer the more monochromatic look I think .. it seems to have a bit more depth to it. I blotted up with a textured paper towel on the 3rd step .. when I sprayed it, I used a heavy mist.. and it basically just puddled up .. so blotting some of the excess water, helped achieve the water stained “magic” look. A lighter mist, may have been more successful.. The yellow wash was used over the gesso stamping, then lightly wiped away in spots.

 Try It Tuesdays Week 1 - 4

# 4. Paint Colors Used: Yellow, Williamsburg Blue, Ivy Green
8″ x 8″ Canvas Panel
Again, I don’t like how I did the edges.. I may try this technique again tomorrow, and do this step differently. But, i think the stamping helped to blend that part. I applied the water spray part twice to this piece.. soaked up some vs. wiping away .. and then used the heat gun.. i really like how the heat gun moves the wash around.. that’s something I’ll definitely start using frequently in my work. Over the gesso.. I just lightly, and randomly applied the yellow wash.

 Try It Tuesdays Week 1 - 5

# 5. Paint Colors Used: Yellow, Williamsburg Blue, Ivy Green, Barn Red
140lb. Watercolor Paper Journal Page
I really wanted to just use up my washes, and experiment on more on this one.. I didn’t gesso the page at all.. and the paint did soak in too much, and too quickly to really apply the technique the proper way.. I do like the addition of another color.. and can see myself using the base technique with more colors on a regular basis. At the end.. I smooshed the different color washes throughout the page, and it gave it a softer feel.

All in all.. I LOVED this background technique (Thanks Karyn!) .. I learned a few lessons (water amounts, how to wipe up the paint effectively, softer edges) .. and have a zillion ideas of ways to utilize this and personalize it.. I’m going to try it over old text, and other collage methods as well. I’ll update y’all once I finish these into a piece of altered art!

To see the work others have done based on this technique, visit the Try it Tuesdays Flickr Group!

Happy Creating! – Chrysti