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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

The birds have flown (by Lesley)

Whilst browsing around the internet recently I was reminded of a technique that I haven't used for several years. So today's project features a background which starts with masking tape.

  • Cover greyboard with masking tape, then cover with white gesso. 
  • Add several colours of acrylic or chalk paint, drying each colour before adding the next.
  • Stencil the leaves from the ColorBox Tropical Art Screen and stamp a selection of cages from As Free as a Bird and A Little Bird Told Me using white gesso and paint. Add shading with a charcoal pencil to finish.
Just playing with colour and creating backgrounds can be so theraputic. It doesn't have to be paint,
you could try the acrylic block technique or sponge over several Distress ink colours onto heavyweight cardstock or a canvas. Build up a selection of a variety of backgrounds and then you have a ready made backdrop for your next exciting project.

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  1. This is lovely Lesley, your background technique is so interesting and I love the colours you have chosen, they are beautiful. I am definitely going to try this technique out myself, as it creates a fabulous effect. Love the white stamping over the top, Judith xx

  2. It is a technique with a dreamy result; beautiful!

  3. This is lovely Lesley. I love the colours you have chosen, so vibrant. This is a great technique and a really smashing soft image. Elaine x

  4. This is beautiful Lesley, I love the hot vibrant colours you've used for it.

    Sue xx

  5. This is gorgeous. I love all the colors in the background and how pretty it makes the stamped images.

  6. Love this Lesley, great technique, colors and structure! xxMiranda

  7. This looks great - bet it's even more fabulous 'in the flesh' when you can see all the textures.

  8. This is a gorgeous background Lesley with that beautiful mix of colours and the stencilled fern shaded with the charcoal pencil really shows off the pretty birdcages. x

  9. a wonderful make Lesley - very arty - love it xx

  10. Fabulous colours and images, Kate x

  11. This is stunning Lesley. Must make time to try this technique.

    Lesley Xx

  12. Ooh I love backgrounds! This looks fun too, but then again, I have 2 (children's sized) shoeboxes full of backgrounds allready as I enjoy making them so much. I should start making CAS styled cards more. Not meaning Clean And Simple, but Colourfull And Simple, my backgrounds + a silhouette stamp, a sentiment and be done with it...
    Debbie / Daqa


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