Posted 08 August 2004 - 05:49 AM
I use the Plaid Fold Art Paints that are available at Wal-Mart for under $1.00 everyday or at Micahel's for under a dollar when they are on sale.
I use paint paint brushes, foam paint brushes, sponges, paper towels and plastic wrap to apply the paint. Sometimes I apply it full strength and sometime sI water down the paint for a different look- more like a wash.
My tip: Buy a ream of cheap 8 1/2 by 11 cardstock (acid free) from your local offic supply store. Buy some of the paints (or dig them out of your craft stash!) Then just sit down and play....... you won't ahve to worry about wasting expensive scrapbooking paper but if you like something that you create you can use it in your books!
Posted 08 August 2004 - 01:52 PM
Posted 09 August 2004 - 11:58 PM
I've had a LOT of fun creating backgrounds and then I spray them with a finish to give them a polished look. Fabulous.
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Posted 11 August 2004 - 04:51 PM
I also find that the papers that I paint (even the cheaper by the ream cardstock from the discount store) feel so nice to the touch after painting. They are thicker and more pliable and something else that I just can't describe. You'll have to try it for yourself!
We bought a 150 year old house last year and I got some faux painting manuals to use while redecorating. It turns out that those same ideas and recipes for faux finishes work great for background paper in scrapbooks. I just substitute acrylic craft paints for the regular house paint. I also use alot of the clear glaze mixed with acrylics. Just a word of caution, I have no idea of how safe the glaze is for photos. I never use it with anything that isn't easily replaceable. However, I have heard that acrylic craft paint is naturally acid free, but I couldn't swear to it.
Posted 11 August 2004 - 06:49 PM
If you want to be extra cautious don't use photos from the early days of color on pages you are uncertain of, they have the biggest chance of a color shift and always save your negatives!!!
Posted 12 August 2004 - 12:32 PM
Posted 13 August 2004 - 12:41 PM
One is to put down a squirt of paint directly onto the paper, and scrape it in several directions with an old credit card. Put down another color of paint and do the same thing. Scrape more in some areas, less in others, and do this til you cover the paper. It's a lot of fun.
A second technique isn't so much a technique as a paint -- Lumiere Paints (from Jacquard) are irridescent and very very cool. I especially like their 'halo' colors, which have a color shift (for instance, in one light it looks blue, in another it looks green). The paints look especially great on dark colored base papers, like black. I love using these to make papers and then cut them up into tags or serendipity squares. It might work well as a background paper with the right pics, but the irridescence can be overpowering sometimes.
Posted 13 August 2004 - 03:49 PM
Make an interesting background paper by dipping string, thread, rubber bands, etc. in paint, and then putting it down or arranging it onto your base paper.
Use texturizing combs, rollers, even a kid's matchbox car (the wheels) to apply color.
The little foam paint rollers from the hardware store make fun stripes and plaids -- just dip in various colors and roll.
Use the various crackle paints and patinas from the furniture-decorating area of Michaels or other stores -- they work on paper, too! There are also some faux finish paints, like granite, suede, etc.
Here are a couple techniques that I use on canvas, but haven't tried on a scrapbook page -- I'm not sure how safe they'd be for scrapbooking:
Use vaseline as a resist: if you have a background paper, apply vaseline to an area -- either a whole area, or in random places. Cover the entire paper with acrylic paint, and let dry. When dry, the areas where the vaseline was can be wiped away, exposing the design underneath. This works GREAT with photos on a collage -- here's one in progress:
The second techinque is to put down masking tape onto a piece of paper in a design, and then paint over it. It makes almost an 'embossed' look. You can also do this with punchies from cardstock.
Or, use the masking tape to pull up part of a layer of a paper, to reveal the layer underneath. In this collage, I used masking tape on an old page from a dictionary -- then I painted over it with a watered-down color wash:
Hope this gives you some ideas!
Posted 13 August 2004 - 09:07 PM
Posted 13 August 2004 - 09:09 PM
Posted 13 August 2004 - 11:01 PM
Anyway, thanks for the compliments, and if you do try any of these techniques, please share the results with us!
Posted 09 November 2004 - 12:04 PM
Thanks for all of the other tips! I will have to try making my own paper!
Paint is a great technique!
Posted 11 November 2004 - 08:46 AM
If it's not okay to link this, well, just delete me!
In the bluffs and valleys of the Coulee Region
Posted 11 November 2004 - 10:49 AM
Posted 11 November 2004 - 11:08 AM
It's not all that easy to find these stamps that allow for relief work like that.
In the bluffs and valleys of the Coulee Region
Posted 22 March 2005 - 08:23 AM
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Posted 22 March 2005 - 08:47 AM
I'm already too busy getting all my digi-scrap stuff on my laptop so I can bring it with me!
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