I taught a class this week which was all about making backgrounds. One of the simplest was using magazine pages lightly coated with gesso as a collage element. Gesso takes inks differently to paper, so it can be interesting to mix and match them as I did in this tag.
I’ve inked up the tag with Crushed Olive and Dusty Concord distress inks, then used the same colours on the gessoed paper – you can see it’s much paler than on the tag itself.
I glued the gessoed paper onto the tag before stamping, but you can get a slight gap at the edge of the torn piece when you do that – you can just see it at the bottom of the tag. To avoid that, stamp the two separately then line up the gessoed piece over the top of the tag. You need to use a piece bigger than the tag so you can line it up accurately and trim round the edges after you have stuck it down.
I stamped the sentiment in Crushed Olive then repeated it without re-inking for a softer look. I then overstamped the first sentiment with black and the Crushed Olive has given the text a drop shadow effect.
We covered a lot of different background techniques – Direct to Paper
Precious Metal Paper
and lots more.
I’ve taught this class many times, always with some new variants, depending what new products have come out since the last time and I always enjoy it. I taught it to a bunch of calligraphers many years ago as they were looking for interesting backgrounds to write on. I had to test that all my backgrounds were suitable for writing on with calligraphers ink and discovered that shaving foam backgrounds worked great. I thought the soapiness would stop the ink from working, but it was fine.
As you will no doubt have seen yesterday, we had a Basement Bunneh in the garden again. He was quite happy to pose for photos and came back for more in the evening.
When he turned to face the camera, you can see he has quite a lot of grey on his front, so we’ve christened this one Smokey.
He’s also very, very boingy.