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As Easy as 1-2-3 Background² Tutorial

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, Backgrounds

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Today I am showing you how to make a background- actually two different backgrounds – for an art journal spread as easy as you count to 3…or almost as easy ;)

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Picking my art journal, my Lily Wallpaper Stencil and Liquitex Spray Paint I start by spraying over the stencil over the left spread of my art journal.

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Using the paint on the stencil for a negative imprint, I simply flip the stencil over to the right side and brayer over the back of my stencil

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You can use the flip over step of course on a total different spread- because essentially these are actually two different background starters with the same techniques and materials. But I like to work in a double spread on my art journal and I like it when the sides are similar – like here in pattern, but still have  some interesting differences.

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Using a big brush I spread a thin layer of Acrylic Ink over the spread. I love how the effect  – on the left side the lilly design is more bound in

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while on the right, by taking some of the ink off with a baby wipe, the blue spray paint color pops even more.

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I picked the same blue as a Soft Body Acrylic Paint as I used as a Spray Paint (Phthalocyanine Blue (Green Shade) for the next step. Layering my Ornament Stencil over the empty spaces of my Lily Background I stenciled single ornaments in.

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And done is/are my background(s)

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Here is the background 1 …and

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Easy, wasn’t it? I will show you in a couple days, what I actually did in my art journal with these two backgrounds.

Here is a complete list of the supplies I used

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Have an amazing day

 

Nat

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  • Jani Franck

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    I love how the layering works – gorgeous technique, thanks for sharing :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Sweet and you make it look so easy.

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  • sécotine La Petite Française

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    thanks so much for sharing your amazing work!!! love to play with the transparences of liquid acrylic paint!

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  • Christy Tremblay

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    REALLY Cool!!!
    I am going to have to try this. Thank you for sharing and the nice pictures!

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Slowly Learning … or Art Journal Page

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Acrylicpaints, Art Journal, Backgrounds

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“Slowly learning that there cannot be a constant go go go….

there needs to be stops in order to be able to harvest more!”

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An art journal is a good source for reminding yourself on some things….I might have to revisit LOL. If you have been in one of my recent classes you have seen the beginning of many of my art pages – I often demo in my art journal certain techniques and then turn those pages later into a finished spread. I should do a before and after picture session to show you :)

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Love the color combo here – green, dark purple, pink and yellow.

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what is your favorite color combination lately?

Have a great day

Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    That crackle stencil is on my wish list at Stencil Girl. Love the texture that it gives. I’ve been using a lime green, purple and golden rod color combo a bit here.

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  • Jackie N

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    Nat, what a fabulous spread! I absolute love the message and your color combo is out of this world Delish!! Thanks for bringing it home! Hugs

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  • Amante del Papel

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    Fantastic page!

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Arabesque or…One more new Stencil with StencilGirl Products

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, Backgrounds, Stencils and Masks

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Ready for one more new stencil? My new 9×12 inch Arabesque Stencil that I designed for StencilGirl Products is in the house :)

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I love background stencils- and I wanted one that is swirly but also a bit grungy…and this is what I came up with.

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I had lot’s of fun turning this into a little spanish themed art journal page while teaching in Madrid :)

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huge hugs

Nat

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  • Laura Strack

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    I think this one is my favorite! Love how you gave it a Spanish flair with a pretty Senorita!! Thanks for the stencil Hop. It was so fun :)

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  • m

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    I love background stencils and yours is really great to give depth to your page. Great colour combo too!

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  • Gunvor

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    Oh, I really love the swirly background stencil! And your art piece is stunning, as always. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Kirsten Alicia

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    LOVE this stencil, it’s going on my wish list right now. And that is a gorgeous page.

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  • Gerd Andersson

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    Love this stencil and your page is so beautiful!

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  • Jean A Marmo

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    OOHHH — I need this one!! LOVE the page you did!

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  • Corrine

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    Looks great on this spread Nathalie…..Your gal has just the right outfit too. xox

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  • Cat Graves

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    Great stencil,,,another must have!!

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  • Marjie Kemper

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    Love it! A certain something arrived in my mail today, too. Grinning and eager to go!

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