Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Mixed Media Workshop Midland Texas

Collage Background Tutorial-
Stamp and Glaze
I had so much fun at the last workshop that I have already scheduled my next "Mixed Up Mixed Media Workshop" class. It is scheduled for Saturday, April 5th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Midland, Texas, Hobby Lobby. We are going to explore several collage background techniques. Here is a sneak preview of one of the 10 techniques to create an interesting background for your collage work. This particular technique is called the "Stamp and Glaze" background technique.
Round (or other shapes) Plastic Cross Stitch Canvas
acrylic canvas
acrylic paints (one color)
glazing medium
heating tool

Use your plastic cross stitch shape to create a texture on your canvas by pouncing your paintbrush into the openings in the canvas. I used a black acrylic paint here.

You can quick dry it with a heat gun.

Next...try stamping on your canvas by applying paint to a stamp that will add texture and interest to your background. If you are in a hurry..use your heat gun to speed up the drying. Remember to hold it back several inches so you don't get bubbles in your acrylic paint designs.

Next, combine about 1:1 parts of acrylic paint and glazing medium to create a see through color for your background that will allow your stamping to show through. (I mix mine up in a little plastic container with a lid so I can use the left overs later) Make sure your stamping patterns have dried before you do anything else.

Paint over the stamped patterns with your transparent paints (glazing medium+acrylic paints). You should be able to see your stamping very clearly through your paint.
Paint over the entire piece and allow to dry. Now you have a beautiful and interesting background to create a work of ART on! Hmmm. wonder what this will be.


Susan said...

Oh, how neat. The plastic cross stitch shape is such a great idea. I love it. Thanks so much for sharing this lesson.

Carmen said...

This is great! I can't wait to try it! Woohoo!

Kimbo said...

I love this tutorial ! The instructions and photos make it so easy to follow. Time for a trip to the embroidery aisle at the craft store ! That texture is great !

kartika said...

Love this and thank you! What do you use for gluing your paper when you do collage - I have had trouble with photo mount buckling. Any advice? Kartika

Stephanie Thiel said...

very cool! love the colors of your pieces!!
just sent you a private email...