Remember those papers I was painting the other week? I used them in some cactus designs I added to my Zazzle shop. You can purchase greeting cards, wr
I love photography, and I love doodling, so it seemed only natural to doodle on photographs.
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I love to create my own decorated papers to use in my designs and collages. One method I like to use also has the advantage of recycling magazine pages. You could also use junk mail or catalog pages.
I start by covering the magazine pages with gesso, using haphazard brush strokes to create texture.
Then I brush on acrylic ink, again using haphazard brush strokes.
Next, I bring out my gel plate, acrylic paint and tools, including brayers, texture plates, and graining tools.
The final step is to pull the print and let it dry.
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Because I love books and I love making art, my bookcase is filled with books about making art. Every now and then I like to choose a project to make from one of these books.
For this collage, I combined two projects from Collage Journeys by Jane Davies: Doodle Collage and Paint Playground.
I decorated papers with doodles, paint, and stencils.
I used those papers to create a collage in my art journal.
What I learned: New ways to create papers for use in collages & mixed media
What I like best: The contrast between the brightly colored and the black & white papers
My art cards are my mixed media playground. I use 3 1/2 by 5 index cards and store them in an old wooden box. The small size makes them quick to complete and easy to fit it among all my other daily tasks. Some days I only make 1, other days I might make up to 6.
Sometimes I doodle in black and white
Sometimes I collage with hand-painted papers.
Sometimes I combine black and white doodles with colorful papers.
Sometimes I use purchased papers and my own photos.
Sometimes I use cut up pages from magazines.
Sometimes I use papers left over from other projects or images from books.
To see more of my art cards, follow me on Instagram, @bethbaxterstudio.