We are thrilled to welcome guest artist Kate Crane to Somerset Place today as she shares a painting technique for creating vibrant layered backgrounds.
Two things I love about mixed-media art are colour and layers; I can’t get enough of either! When working in my art journal I often build up busy backgrounds adding layer after layer, and I find that if I stick to one colour family, I can keep adding more layers so that the canvas looks busy but not cluttered. Ink sprays are one of my favourite mediums to work with; they are bright, colourful, and give you super-fast coverage.
Dylusions Ink Sprays in Vibrant Turquoise, Fresh Lime, London Blue, Lemon Zest
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads in Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean
Number Jumble Dylusions Stencils by Ranger and The Crafter’s Workshop
Basic Background stamp by Ranger Dylusions
Journey Collage stamp by Stampotique Originals
Flourish stamp by Tuscan Rose
Wing stamp by Tim Holtz/Stampers’ Anonymous
On my first page, I used Dylusions Ink Sprays by Ranger, and an assortment of ink pads in a similar range of colours. When working in my vintage ledger journal, the inks stay really bright on the page and also react very well with water (this varies on the paper/card you are working on), so my first step was to spray shades of blue, turquoise, and green until they began to pool.
After blotting, I splashed some water onto the project, blotted again, then sprayed the same colour inks in random places through a number stencil.
This was just the beginning of the background! I added more patterns and textures to the background by stamping randomly all over the page with a variety of ink pads, using the Journey Collage stamp by Stampotique Originals, and the Basic Backgrounds stamp by Dylusions.
Gesso is an amazing medium to work with. Originally intended to be used as a base layer, mixed-media artists have embraced its possibilities. Here I used it as a top layer by scraping through a stencil and adding a few extra details with a fine line pen and an oil pastel.
Stamping a bold feature stamp in black really makes the other colours pop.
I created some elements for my page using the complementary colour so that they would really stand out.
A few touches of liquid pearls…
…and your background is complete!
A big “Thank you!” to Kate for this lovely tutorial. Kate is a mixed-media artist living in the north of England, with her husband and two children. Her work has been featured in several Stampington publications and is currently decorating the pages of the Summer ’12 issue of Art Journaling. To see more of her work, visit thekathrynwheel.blogspot.com.
Posted: Monday, July 16th, 2012 @ 9:15 am
Categories: Art Journaling, Guest Artist, How-To.
Tags: Art Journaling, Guest Artist, layering.
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