Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Passion on a Textured Background

Hello Ai Fans!
Today I'm working on a fun textured background.

I learned this texture technique from Paula Phillips, a.k.a. Journal Artista.  I created the texture by applying a thick layer of gesso onto a piece of cardstock. I covered most of the piece, leaving some areas untouched - to allow for peaks and valleys.  I then laid the gesso side down on top of another piece of cardstock and slowly pulled it apart.  I allowed the gesso to dry completely.  TIP:  Use a good weight/quality card stock. It needs to be able to hold some water.

Look at all that cool texture!

Next, I scribbled and doodled color over the texture with Gelatos - they have a lot of pigment in them.  I dipped a paint brush into water and spread the color. I allowed that to dry completely.  NOTE:You can use any  medium to color over the texture - try using anything you have in stash - ink refills, acrylic paint, pencils,  pastels... experiment - have fun!  I found my Gelatos online at amazon under the name of 'gel sticks.'  They were a good price.  You can check to see if they still have them here.

To frame the background, I stamped  Branch & Leaves (Sku#P2292) randomly around the edge in gold and black ink. For a finished look, I edged the background layer with a gold leafing pen. As a final touch  I ran the ink pad lightly over the top of the background to brush over the peaks of texture. For the focal image, I chose the Ai word Passion (Sku#H2011).   That's how I feel about color! :o)

 I also framed the inside of the card in gold and added a strip of the background design.

Please come back tomorrow to see what awesome project Crystal has to share! 

Thanks for visiting!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!


soccermom23 said...

Neat background. I want to try it myself!

Crackerbox Palace Stamping Chit Chat said...

Trena, You have done another great card!

Kerry said...

Totally awesome, love the zen background! Awesome tutorial, love gelatos too!

8upscrapin said...

I love your technique , I really need to try this and get some gelatos , thx for sharing