I hope that you like my texture project for the blog today. I got the idea from one of Lesley Wharton’s demos on The Craft Channel where she used Brushos to make lovely background papers and book covers.
- Tangled Birch stamp
- A6 (approx. 10.5 X 15cm) hard backed note books, scrap acetate, kitchen towel and cartridge paper
- Brusho’s and Ink Sprays (pinks and blues, some with mica)
- Starlight paints (with crushed gilding flakes) or metallic acrylic (gold and pink)
- White Gesso
- Mod Podge (Matte finish)
- Tacky acrylic glue
- Glitter glue (pink and gold)
- Alcohol marker (black or dark grey)
- StazOn Inkpad (Black)
- Microbeads (pink and turquoise mixes)
Summary of techniques:
- The blue textured paper was created from waste kitchen towel initially used to mop up waste diluted Brushos from my craft mat. I spritzed on a bit more colour. When dry the towel was scrunched up and the layers separated.
- The pink textured paper was created with thin cartridge sketching paper and ink spritzers, some with mica.
- The papers were applied to the book covers using Matte Mod Podge. The wrinkles created a lovely texture. I sealed the blue tissue with Mod Podge on the outside too, and used both layers as it was quite translucent with just one layer. I left the pink textured paper unsealed.
- When dry I rubbed over the surface with metallic acrylics to pick up and highlight the textures (using a little on my finger).
- The Tangled Birch was stamped onto acetate with StazOn Ink. The back was then coloured with metallic acrylics.
- When dry I added a layer of white Gesso. This made the translucent acrylic more solid and opaque. The image was cut out and glued to the book front with tacky glue.
- Glitter glue was added to the image front. I used Pinflair glitter wands which work well on acetate. You may want to test this as some glitter glues may not stick well to acetate.
- Microbeads were dropped into a thick layer of tacky glue for added texture.