Blue Background

I had two challenges ahead of me that needed a blue background – the Make A Moo or Two Beach theme and the 4×4 Friday Mask theme. So I decided it was time to get the paints out again.

I started with two A4 sheets of white card. I added some Jo Sonja’s Sapphire to a pallet. Using a dry brush, I started criss-crossing randomly around the page. Then I added a little water to the paint and continued criss-crossing all around.  The painted got watered down some more and the process repeated. When the page was nearly all blue, I used the remaining paint, not much more than coloured water by now, to fill what white was left. Go carefully here; adding too much water will start your nice criss-crosses to run and loose definition. Leave to dry.  If the sheet warps too much, let dry and then sit under the phone books for a day.

Once dry, I stamped with an array of stamps that suited my theme; Autumn Leaves Swirls, Stamp Oasis French text, All Night Media motif and Blockheads backgrounds for these sheets.  Brilliance ink was used with Graphite Black, Moonlight White and Platinum Planet (silver). Once the stamping is complete, this usually defines which way is “up” for the sheet. While the swirls are stamped randomly, the text is always stamped horizontally. Again, leave to dry.

There you have it – my method of how to create your own backgrounds. I have since cut mine up for the 4×4 Friday Challenge and into Moo size cards for the Make A Moo or Two challenge.

Have fun creating!

Michelle

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5 responses to this post.

  1. […] background created by me. Instructions on how I made the background can be seen here. Images from Art-e-zine. Text from my old-fashioned font set. Edged in silver Krylon […]

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  2. Posted by Barb on May 25, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Great looking background Michelle,and so easy to do thanks for the clear instructions.

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  3. Posted by Jennifer Bottrell on May 25, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing Michelle.

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  4. Posted by Glenda on May 25, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Looks great Michelle. Thanks for clear instructions .

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  5. […] plate, by Non Sequitur, using Denim Adirondack ink. Background made by me; instructions are here. Stick together with glue stick; a bit impatient […]

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