Today I wanted to share a fun technique that combines ephemera, inks and stamps!
Color Blocking Stamped Art
Chipboard (med/light weight)
Gesso or White Acrylic Paint
Ink Blending Tool or Sponge
1. Glue the book page or pages (depending on how large your individual pages are) to the chipboard. Try to make sure that there are no air bubbles and it is glued down completely.
Because I didn't want any blank spaces I tore off all the white edges of each page. I ended up using parts of 4 book pages because of this.
Let the glue dry completely.
2. Apply a thin layer of gesso or watered down white acrylic paint to your book pages. We're just trying to tame down the text without obliterating it completely.
You'll notice in this photo that some areas of my paper bubbled up after I added the gesso... This is because that area wasn't completely covered in glue when it was applied. No worries... it won't effect the end product negatively but you don't want areas like this all over. It could cause trouble when you go to cut out your arch.
3. Tear the edges of a few pieces of scrap paper, post it notes or masking paper. I am using scrap paper for the example. Place the torn scraps on your gesso'ed chipboard so they form a small boxed in area.
4. Apply desired color of ink to this small area using a sponge or Ink Blending Tool & Foam. I like to use lighter colors of ink for this step but you can use whatever colors you want.
When you move the scraps you will now have a nifty little block of color on your book pages.
5. Continue blocking off areas of your chipboard and ink with various colors of ink. You can choose to use one or two colors or use as many as you would like. I have used many different colors for my example.
Note: You may need to use additional pieces of torn scrap paper for some of your blocks.
Your finished piece may look something similar to this....
6. Now stamp an image into each block of color using black ink. If your stamp is larger than the allotted space, use the scraps of paper to cover and protect other areas from the over hang.
7. Trace and cut out your Gothic Arch.
8. (optional) If desired, ink the edges with black ink and scuff it up a bit for a grungier look.
9. Add your sentiment and embellish as desired. I also mounted my arch onto my book page (the black background).
And here is what my finished arch looks like.....
It's now your turn!
You will need to gather a few supplies for a couple upcoming pages.
You'll need several magazine photos, packing tape and a dictionary (not to look up words) you can tear pages from.
Have a great day!!