After creating 49 book of background pages, we finally get to make a stencil and collage book cover.
We’ve finally made it!
This will be the inside front cover so I can do a bit of writing on the inside about the journey. To keep things simple, you can use any heavy cardstock, masonite or corrugated cardboard. We’ll use printed paper as the background and stencil tinted modeling page for a simple accent. Keep the stencil and collage book cover simple as the embellishing will really make the page pop in phase two.
What kind of background do you think you’d get if you used stencils and modeling paste? This lesson can be used for any sized painting surface, but it’s key that if you are working with something flexible, the modeling paste needs to be flexible otherwise it will crack. It’s even more important that if you are giving your artwork away as a gift, for a swap or selling, you don’t want it to crack. I use DecoArt Dimensional Effects or DecoArt Media Modeling Paste to solves that problem.
Have you ever come across a piece of art that you just have to run your fingers over it? In this book of backgrounds video, you’ll learn how to use stencils and stamping to create visual and physical texture along with using a theme as a visual prompt.
In Book of Backgrounds #4, you’ll find a detailed supply list and a video showing exactly how I create this textured background.
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.