Sunday 22 November 2020

2020 Topic #21 TOPIC INTRODUCTION : Masterboards

 2020 Topic  21 - Masterboards

Hi everyone, Keren here with an oldie but goodie theme; Masterboards! They have been around for quite a while (& dare I admit to never making one..yet!) They are a perfect way to do multiple projects (think batch card or journal page making) but also a way of producing seamless backgrounds that you can add to.
As you can imagine, there's no shortage of inspiration, it was being selective that was the challenge. For any who want some handy hints and tips on creating one of these beauties, we're swapping things around and adding a video from Leandra showing exactly what to do. Even if you're a pro, you're bound to be inspired!

We can hardly go any further without exploring the PaperArtsy blog and showcasing some majestic makes.

One of our designers who's no stranger to masterboards, is Jo Firth-Young, and the first photo shows her vibrant masterboard and the second, one of her projects that she created with it.

Next, we have Nikki Acton, and she contrasted creating a subtle masterboard with a bold and bright one.

Sue Carrington takes us through, step by step exactly how she creates her artistic masterboards.

Then how about a light and delicate piece, ably created by Emma Godfrey? Then the second photo, with one of the sets of projects she produced from it.

When you're preparing to make your very own masterboard, what tools might you need? You can actually use whatever you have laying around. This next artist used a plastic card, her fingers and a toilet roll to create this wonderful journal spread.

Perhaps paint is less of your 'thing' and you love indulging in a little collage, Margarete Miller has some perfect examples and tonnes of inspiration. She's also filmed a video in the link to show you her process.

Most of us would probably plump for a substantial substrate to throw lots of paint and layers onto. Heavyweight Smoothy would be a great choice, but what about something different? Glossy cardstock?

When introducing layers and colour, it could be easy for your projects to look full on. With a light touch and some bright colours, if you're lucky it might end up like this beauty of a sketchbook by Anneke de-Clerck.

Once you've finished the main patterning, how might you add details. Here's a fellow white-gel pen fan, bringing highlights to her prepared page.

So what might you do with the masterboard once you've finished it? Here's a few ideas:
Add in a focal point and a sentiment just perfectly executed by this artist.

If you have only a little leftover masterboard, how about creating unique business cards or perfectly sized gift cards?

Or go even smaller. Don't waste the smallest bits of your lovingly prepared masterboard. Procure your very own mini masterpiece!

The obvious choice for many is to divide them up and use them as backgrounds for cards. 

Whether you create directly in a journal or trim your completed masterboard to fit in there, journals are the perfect place to showcase your artwork. Adding some pretty blossoms completes this Asian inspired double spread.

Last in the masterboard procession is a multi layered stamped masterboard. Sometimes you can go simple and it still looks wonderfully effective.

All of these amazing examples have got me itching to create one of my own. I hope that these gorgeous examples inspire you to get painty and inky yourself.

If you want to create along with us while we explore this topic, please share your makes on our social feeds so we can follow along. Instagram @paperartsy or why not join us and post in the PaperArtsy People Group on Facebook. Make sure you tag us in your contributions, we love to see what you get up to in your creative world!



Miriam said...

Ooh fab topic. I love a masterboard! Great inspiration.

Helen said...

Always love a masterboard!

A Pink said...

A wonderful collection of inspiring masterboard creativity , Keren , Thank you for sourcing and sharing . A great topic x

Skylark said...

I love making masterboards and you have showcased some lovely ones here. Thanks for the inspiration ~ Stef