Sunday, April 14, 2013

Easy Background Tutorial for Altered Art or Mixed Media

Easy Background Tutorial

I thought I would share a technique with you that I did on a box I got from the Goodwill. The box reminded me of a box my mother might have had when she was younger, it just looked vintage to me so I picked it up for $1.99.
The first thing I did besides pat myself on the back for a bargain buy was to Gesso the box. I have to say that there are different kinds of Gesso and I recommend the Bob Ross Gesso, it seems to adhere better than the cheap ones and has better "tooth" that which hold the paint on the surface of your project.

before image altered box

Box before Gesso

box found at goodwill

white gesso

Box after Gesso, notice its all white and you can still see part of the box pattern? Thats ok because we want a little extra pattern.

pattern box after gesso

This is the inside of the box, I don't know what I am going to do inside but I thought it would make a good trinket box for all the little goodies I pick up.

mixed media altered art box

Next take some regular white tissue paper and rubber stamp all over it with your favorite stamps. I used a mix of different French stamps on mine. I also used stazon jet black ink.

tutoial tissue paper start
tissue paper backgound

french tissue paper background

I love the way the stamping came out on the tissue paper. After it dried I then crinkled the tissue paper up some, not to much but enough to give you some good texture on you adhere it.

crinkle paper

I tried a new product on this box its Collage Decoupage by Alieens. Just use a little bit so as not to tear the tissue paper and adhere the paper to the box, make sure you get the lip part of the box.

collage pauge

tissue paper handmade background

Once it dried (I hate waiting for it to dry, no patience I guess lol) I then took some dabs of Gesso and blotted it on the cover to give it some tooth because some paints and watercolors won't stick to Decoupage.

gesso added to tissue paper background

Now Its time to use one of my favorite tools, water color crayons. These are so fun to play with and mix colors with.Today I am going to use Ocher and Brown. The great thing about water color is you can dilute it to be very transparent or use full strength and have more opaque color.

water color crayons

water color orche and brown

Just like grade school, scribble over the top cover with the crayons or just paint wherever and how much you like for your project.

scribble watercolor on background

Now paint with some water and voila instant color! Awesome, right?

mixing water for watercolors

see how intense this color is? Not to worry, I will tone it down later.

watercolor yellow

yellow watercolor

Blot off excess water and color and then let dry

watercolor crayon

this is what it looked like when dry

handmade stamped tissue paper

It was to yellow for me and I also wanted more texture so I lightly painted with picket fence, just enough so when it dried I could add in some distress ink into the cracks for dimension

crackle paint background

I chose worn lipstick, just a very light coating. I added more paint and ink here and there until I liked the outcome.

distress ink

corner of altered box

Now I want one of the top and bottom corners to be more white than pink so I added a little distress stain picket fence, it tones down the paint and ink but adds no texture. this i dried with my heat gun.

distress stain picket fence

I didn't add to much and it dries very light even though it looks like I covered it up

distress stain background

This is one of my favorite things to do to my projects. it adds texture and color. you take some versamark watermark ink and just rub here and there on your work. if you get a spot you don't like rub it off with your fingers or a paper towel before you add the embossing powder and heat set. When you have your ink where you want it add the embossing powder, you can add or remove whatever you don't like, just be sure to do it before you heat set it.

gold embossing powder

stamp pad versa mark

background versa mark watermark pad

gold embossed background

This is what mine looked like. I see its kind of square shaped but thats okay I am going to fill up the corners and the middle to tone down some of the gold and make it look more shabby chic I used my snow cap paint dabber, just dabbing here and there until I liked the way it looked.

ranger paint dabber

I also used my favorite tool, my fingers lol to rub in the dabber paint. Now you can use whatever colors you want on your project. I was going for shabby chic with white and pink for my piece.

best tools fingers

This is the final result. I like it, now on to the decorating of the box. That will be my next tutorial Part 2

altered box background

altered art box finished

Part 2 is here

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