Saturday 2 May 2015

2015 #8 Just Add Water {by Jo Myhill}

2015 Theme 8: Sprays

Hi everyone Jo Myhill (shabby dandelion) here, joining you this evening with a post about using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints and water I love using Fresco Paints to make textured backgrounds. the thickness of the paints is great to dilute down with water to make it flow and spread.Its messy but very simple and quick!

Step One: I took an 8x8" piece of Kraft card and covered in tissue paper that had been stamped with the brick stamp from ESN12 in Sienna Archival and the Days and Months from Hotpicks Xtra06 in Black Archival. 



Step Two: Over this I scraped a very small amount of Grunge Paste. I sprayed this with water so it became the texture of glace icing and moved it around to spread it out, making sure you could see the background stamping in places. You'll need to dry this with a heat gun as there is so much moisture now in the paste.

Step Three: Taking a bottle of Nougat paint I squeezed a line of paint in the middle of the card.  

Step Four: Holding the card upright I then sprayed the paint with water to make it flow down the page. Depending on how much water you spray will depend on how much the paint moves.  You can also use a spatula to spread out the paint if you have a very thick line of paint (I did as you can see). Turn the card round so you can get drips going the opposite way.  

Step Five: I use a garden mister so I get a lot of water on the card and dripping down onto my craft mat.  I mopped up the excess paint by laying a sheet of thick handmade paper in the watery paint, letting it soak it up and drying.  This gave some great watercolour type background paper to use in something else.

Step Six: I repeated the line of paint and water spraying this time with Cherry Red. Again I moved the watered down paint with a spatula.

I decided to leave it here.  

I often make backgrounds but then don't do anything with them for a while. Sometimes I leave then this size and add further focal points for example the handmade paper might be used with this with some stamping or I might cut down into tags or what about adding the lines of paint at the top and stencilling over the top with more Grunge Paste to add even more textured layers. This is a really simple technique to build up layers and create an abstract textured background, trust me it is that simple, so have a go and get messy!

Jo Myhill
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Jo, we love this piece which captures perfectly how brilliantly Fresco Paints work when diluted, your colour palette as always is exqusite, love the pop of red against the nautural background. A fab textured piece, thank you for sharing your creativity.

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Helen said...

Jo this is beautiful, love the colours and of course all the fab texture.

Craftyfield said...

Jo, a technique after my own heart!

Julie Lee said...

Loving the texture.

Unknown said...

Very interesting Jo. Thanks for sharing. j.

Gabrielle said...

Love it! Fab colours, fab technique and we should be able to have a stab at home ourselves! Thanks Jo xxx

Hazel Agnew said...

I have serious competition here in the Mrs Messy stakes! Think that you are the Queen of Textures and I bow to your superiorority! Wonderfully scrumptious messing about and I love it! Xx

Miriam said...

love this. .... fab textures

Unknown said...

Love to see how you build up your layers Jo. The splash of red is a fab addition.

Lesley Xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Wonderful, Jo! Love the addition of cherry pink! I think it's a great idea to make up some backgrounds like this. Bet your craft space is really nice and messy like mine!

Lucy x

Etsuko said...

Stunning texture, love it. xx

Kirsten said...

I love it, the layers are fab.

Becky said...

Oooohh, this looks like fun... :)

craftytrog said...

Fantastic!!! x