Tuesday, August 7, 2012
This was one of the most unusual backgrounds. I wasn't sure if I wanted to put a drawing on top but it wasn't of any use to me without the drawing, so I took a chance. I think it turned out alright.
There is a technique in Mary Todd Beam's second book where you take a piece of foil, paint it with black gesso, turn it over onto a piece of watercolor paper and draw on the back of the foil with a dull pencil, transferring black gesso lines onto the paper. This background started with a saved piece of foil that had been used for that technique. It has interesting silver lines where the gesso had been transferred. Next I collaged some of my tissue paper that had been stenciled with white gesso hearts. I decided to put a bronze metallic acrylic glaze over the piece to make it look antiqued. Lastly I put the ink drawing on top. I lucked out and the image worked okay with the background. If it didn't, I would have ruined a special start. Sometimes you just have to take a risk. Ultimately, it's just a piece of paper.
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 9:59 PM