Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What's in My Studio

I'm still working with torn paper...

These three background pages started out with Strathmore Mixed Media paper as a base. Using Matte Medium I adhered torn vintage papers to the substrate. For two of the backgrounds I used pages from an old atlas and the other used a variety of other bits and pieces, including an old school workbook. That is the one shown on top. 

Once the papers have dried, I put a layer of paint or gesso to unify the background - or mute the colors slightly, depending on how you look at it. :) 
The page on the right has a light layer of white paint. I'll add some colored paint.... still debating on which colors to use... and more details before I determine what these will become. 


Here's an example I showed last Friday using this technique as both a background and the focal image.


And that's what I have on my work desk today. How about you?



To see what other folks are working on, check out Julia's What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday.






10 comments:

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

well Helen who says that is scrap paper great work. TFS
happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x #10 I think

Helen said...

Fabulous torn paper collage! happy WOYWW Helen , 4

Diane Baker-Williams said...

The torn paper is so easy to do yet makes such a great background! I often forget about doing this. Perhaps you've offered a tip for my creative slump! Diane #32

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Helen, happy WOYWW...cool idea torn paper, love the bird work. Cheers and enjoy your week RobynO#24

Mariane C said...

Oh my! That is a lot of paper ;) It looks great and what a superb bird as well!!.. Thank you so much for sharing
Kind regards
Mariane

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Julia Dunnit said...

Well, you'll have noticed that my desk was so untidy that I wasn't sure what was on it..not liek your ordered and productive space! I like the atlas page very much..have done similar with glossy mag pages and so like this as a technique, thanks for the reminder!

StampinCarol said...

Fabulous paper! Love the effect of the gesso in different colors over it. Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #51

Carole said...

I covered an old scrabble box with kraft paper torn and glued.. it kind of looks like leather. What a great background when muted and painted. Be well Carole #50

Angela Radford said...

Your torn paper design looks great, such fun to do too.
Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 34

okienurse said...

busy desk! LOve that torn and collaged papers. What is that blue and gold in the background? Atc's? looks interesting too! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. Vickie #75

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