Monday, 23 March 2015

Brokeh Background Technique

Supplies Needed:
.3 different colours of reinkers, ink pads, or watercolours (In the above card I used Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, and coastal Cabana)
.3 brushes, one for each colour
.wide paint brush
.paint dish
.White ink pad
.Ink dauber
.protective cover for table
.paper towel
.removable tape to tape water paper down (Washi, painters)
.Watercolour paper 5 1/2 by 4 1/4"
.Template with desired shape (made with thinlets or spellbinders - circles, hearts, stars etc) and the Big shot using acetate or Window sheet.

Making the Acetate Sheet Template:
  1. Take a window sheet or acetate sheet, and cut it to 6 by 6"
  2. Using desired shape of thinlets or spellbinder, die cut 8 or 9 shapes into the acetate.

Step 1:
  1. Tape watercolour paper down firmly onto your protective surface.

I used retired Wasabi tape, but you can use painters tape, or post it note tape.

  1. Prepare your reinkers (10 drops reinkers to a few drops of water).  Stir well

  1. With the wide brush, wet the water paper down well

  1. With  paint brush 1, pick up colour 1 and drop onto wet paper.  Then with brush 2 pick up colour 2 and drop onto wet paper; with brush 3 pick up 3rd colour.  Work fast.  Make sure there are no white spots.  If water pools at the edges, dab lightly with a paper towel.  If the colour is too strong in some areas, dab with a paper towel.

  1. Set aside to dry, or dry with heating tool.

  1. When dry (and it needs to be very dry or else the colour will come off on the white ink dauber) place the template made over the dry watercolour paper and tape down with Washabi tape.

  1. Using a paint dauber and Whisper White ink, apply ink through the different sizes of circles.  Apply the ink lightly in some areas, and darker in other areas.  Move the stencil to a new area of the paper and ink some more circles.  Fill in vacant spots with the dauber itself.

     Cut the paper to the desired size:  5 by 3 3/4

    Mat with a coordinating colour.  Add ribbon or other embellishments and attach to card base.

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