Wednesday, 7 December 2016

2016 #23 Painting with Bleach {by Nikki Killinger}

2016 Topic 23: Bleach Techniques

Hi all, Nikki Killinger here today with a 'bleach technique' post for you.  

I love the effects you can get with bleach; splattering, stamping, or just painting areas out with bleach... the results vary so much.  This is my project for you this evening, I had fun with the lovely Fresco paints, and kraft card with bleach.


Step 1: I used a piece of thick kraft card as my base, and painted randomly in three of Seth Apter’s paiints from this set: PaperArtsy Chalk paints. I left kraft edges showing, and then splattered the whole piece in the same three colours.


Step 2. Take a kraft tag, stamp your main image, from Mini 09 and then stamp again onto card. Cut out and use as a mask, and splatter the whole tag as in step 1. I then took undiluted thick bleach, and painted her face, hands, and a few splatters, to bleach the colour out of the kraft card.

Mini 09

Step 3. Paint some paper flowers, either die cut or pre-made. Mine had patterns on, so I just painted them with the mahogany paint, then dry brushed with the buff. Add some splatters, or bingo numbers with ink or paint. I used the splat stamp Mini 72

Mini 72

Step 4. Start to build up your picture with found objects, lace, string etc. Glue your elements on with a thick matte medium or similar, this way the glue won’t show as shiny over your paint if it seeps out. I also used Mini 28 to add another subtle layer into my background

Mini 28 

Once my picture was assembled, I decided to go back in with the bleach, and add an extra halo around my figure. I also added some to the corners of the tag, to make it look worn.


As a finishing touch I added buttons to the flowers to add dimension. 


I really enjoyed this project, watching the bleach slowly work on the kraft card, taking the colour from the stamped lady's face and hands, and where I had painted round her and splattered.

I also used bleach on a stamp, which has the added bonus of cleaning your stamps as long and as you get it off relatively quickly, there is no damage.  You can't see where I stamped so much as it was with a tiny flower that came in my parcel of PaperArtsy stamps, but it still adds to the background.

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8 comments:

Kirsten said...

Looks great, I love all the paint splattters.

Helen said...

Fantastic project, I love your splatters!!

Miriam said...

Lovely project....the paint splatters are great

Corrie Herriman said...

Fabulous !
Corrie x

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Stunning project. Gorgeous flowers and great breach effect. xx

craftytrog said...

Fab project Nikki! x

whyducks said...

How lovely

Lucy Edmondson said...

I absolutely love this, Nikki, the effect of being able to bleach out the face and hands but still stamp on Kraft card is perfect,

Lucy x

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