Art Journal Magazine Spread, Time to Raid Your Stash in Book of Backgrounds 2016, Number 17

Art Journal Magazine Spread, Time to Raid Your Stash in Book of Backgrounds 2016, Number 17

Show of hands, how many of you, while creating artwork as yourself “what if”, meaning, “what if I do this?”

In this free book of backgrounds video lesson, I’m pretending to be a mad art scientist and will use a magazine spread as my painting base.

You’ll learn how I created a 4 sided journal spread, using printed tissue, acrylics, and collage for the first page. But wait, there’s more…

Learn About Stenciling, Transparent Layers and Basic Collage in Book of Backgrounds #2

Learn About Stenciling, Transparent Layers and Basic Collage in Book of Backgrounds #2

A great way to create backgrounds that are full of colour, but are diffused enough not to compete with your focal point is to use stencils and multiple layers of paint and collage. In Book of Backgrounds #2, you’ll find a detailed supply list and a video showing exactly how I create a background that is so easy to do and can also serve as a visual prompt when you’re not sure what art to create.

The Texture Experiment

The Texture Experiment

Who says girls can’t have fun playing with plaster! In this two part video, I put on my mad scientist lab coat and work on some texture experiments. When you walk into an art store, you’re blinded by all the art products and tools on the shelf. With rising costs, wouldn’t it be nice to know if “product a” is going to be something you’ll enjoy using?

Mad Artist Scientist at Work Engraving with Gesso!

Mad Artist Scientist at Work Engraving with Gesso!

Ok, so yeah, I was a bit mad and in a crazy way when I was doing this. It’s not for everyone and I’m going to challenge you try it, especially if you’re not fond of the background. Try it with your favourite colours and think of it as a foundation piece to build a piece of artwork on later on. This can be done on any type of flat support, such as a wood panel, canvas, paper or journal. If it can take acrylic paint, you can use it.

Random Watercolour Background #3

Random Watercolour Background #3

As I continue on with my experimenting in my art studio, I experiment with using SpectraFix and wax to create a resist with my watercolours to create a unique background for an art piece and I do some testing on TerrraSkin as...