Tuesday, June 14, 2016

How To Create a Stash of Background Papers

Welcome to another in my "How To" series - the second Tuesday of every month.  To see past posts click here. 


I like to set aside time to just create background papers - without any thought of when and how I'm going to use them.  It's great to have a stash of them available, so that when you're in the "zone," and you need collage elements, you don't have to stop your flow to make them.


Here's a quick and easy technique for creating background papers that will be very usable because of their subtle tone-on-tone design.  All you need is paper (I like to use good quality card stock or color copy paper), white gesso, some cosmetic sponges, a paintbrush, baby wipes, some stamps and black archival ink.  (Check out all my favorite products here.)

Here's an under-5-minute video showing the process!



This way, you'll have all the supplies you need when your muse is visiting and you're creating!   Here are two art journal pages I created with my papers and punches.

 

I hope this tutorial is helpful to you, and that you'll check back again for more in the "how to" series!

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13 comments:

  1. Very, very creative technique!
    karmen_d_mezga (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  2. Great Jessica! As a newbie to the stencil world I just love this idea and can't wait to try!

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  3. Very creative background Techniques Jessica and love all that amazing layering.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Fliss x

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  4. I hadn't thought of doing it this way. It's an awesome quick way to create background papers! Thank you! :)

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  5. An inspiring video, as always, Jessica. Thanks! Mareena

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  6. Love this video!! Great ideas!

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  7. Hi jessica, you always have the best creative ideas! Lissag123@verizon.net

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  8. Love your work. Jilldmcdowell at gmail dot com

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  9. Brilliant Jessica. I use gesso and stencils in a very similar way to make background papers for stitching into. I tend to brayer on my paints but I must try the baby wipe approach. Hilary

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  10. your videos are wonderfully clear and simply, but they give so much, thank you for being willing to share your experimenting jewels. ruth

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