This month I am sharing some simple techniques for creating ATC's (Artists Trading Cards) using stencils, masks and stamps that will make your ATC's look like tiny pieces of impressionist art.
Impressionism: a movement in the late 19th century in French painting, characterized by the goal of reproducing an impression of a subject by use of reflected light and color and the blurring of outlines. —And these same mixed media techniques can be applied to a canvas or an art journal page. So sit back, relax and enjoy this photo-tutorial and I do hope inspiration finds you as you scroll through my lesson today.
|Now, using my masks, white gesso and a makeup sponge, I dabbed the gesso overtop the mask to create a base image.... like these below:|
|I only dab on enough white gesso to cover the mask so that the background color peeks through.|
|Then, after that has dried, using my stencils and Studio 490 Crackle Texture Paste I added some 3-D images overtop of the background images, so now my cards looked like this:|
|Now at this point you can leave the cards as they are; all subtle and crackled and faded back, OR you can pump up one of your images using pencil crayons (yup, plain old colored pencils)|
|Choose a main image and add a faint outline in either the same color a few shades darker or a complimentary color. See the difference?|
|And finally... add a stamped saying using the tissue paper method and any other ephemera to embellish and enhance. The above image is the ATC before I added my stamped saying:|
|And here is the completed card...|
|And completed - You may notice that I have inked the edges of my ATC, I think this gives it a finished look.|
|Completed - you may also notice that I like to enhance my crackles by dabbing some spray ink onto the image and wiping off so the ink goes into the cracks.|
|Here is the Before:|
|Here is the After|
So as always, thank you for popping in today to see what I am up to and to share in my creativity and please do leave me a comment if you like what you are seeing!
STAMPlorations products used on this project:
|ARTplorations Stencil & Mask: Some Birds|