Friday, November 4, 2011

Background Painting for Book Pages

I'm working on a new project, a book, that needs some snazzy pages.
So - I pulled out a pile of paper, a few bottles of paint, couple of acrylic inks, Distress Ink Pads, stencils, masks and a sponge or two (and later on - paste for paste paper).
My studio table was a horrid mess...

Oh wait...that was actually before I began the papers (I think)...I titled this photo "Dirty Secret" since my table is dirty...but now it is no longer a secret.

This next shot was after I had already layered a couple of stamps and masks on the pages.
I always work on as many pages as I can fit in my work-space. It saves time this way and I can work from one end of the table to the other end. By the time that I finish at one end, the other end is dry and ready for the next layer.
I love painting paper this way - it is so easy to get into the "zone" and work in an intuitive manner. Before you know it, you've got 10 or 15 coordinating pages all ready for your project.
This is one of my most popular classes actually - everyone can do it and there are no mistakes!

I kept layering different colors, stamps and such until I was happy with everything.
Here is a shot of some of the pages that I created that day. I did add some paste to some of the pages. I love the additional texture on the pages! I will continue to play around with making paste paper as I really like the look of it (and it IS a bit addictive, isn't it?)
I think that I may have added another layer of ink before I quit. Then I let them sit for a day or so before I ironed them (between parchment paper).


Annie Bodelier said...

I love these papers and I hope you'll show some pictures of the finished books! (and yes, it IS addictive!)

Janelle said...

I love these papers, they are lovely. They have so much detail and I love how they all coordinate. What kind of paper do you start with? I would love to learn your techniques.

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Donna said...

I love your papers! All that pink is absolutely delicious!

Joanne Huffman said...

Beautiful pages. I love making paste papers.

Bren said...

Great post, and those pages are wonderful, so beautiful.

Quiltrobin said...

Your papers are glorious, Carol. It looks like you had a great time creating them! I love that you limited your color palette so you wound up with a great array of very different yet coordinated papers. I hope you have as much fun using them as you did creating them!