Sunday 17 January 2016

Messy Layers Background: Part 2

Having created the basic background yesterday using distress inks, paints and a stencil, today I added stamped elements to the background to provide texture and further depth.
The starting point for today's layers. 
The finished background.

I kept the same colour palette for the stamping as I did for the background, as I wanted to add texture and depth.  I used the Chicken Wire stamp designed by Sam Poole for Creative Expressions with Rusty Hinge distress ink first. 
I held the stamp in my hand rather than on an acrylic block, as I wanted a patchy effect with no defined outer edges to the stamping.  
Then, using Pumice Stone distress ink and the same technique, I added Bubble Wrap by Kaisercraft.  You could, of course, use actual bubble wrap for this!
I wasn't very happy with some of the edges of the background, especially where I had caught the outer edge of the stencil.  Although I had used water to lift off the excess ink, there was still a faint line in the white border area.  I decided therefore to make a feature of the mistake by using some of the Drag and Drip stamps by Visible Image with the Vintage Photo distress ink over the outside edge in places.  These stamps include a fingerprint, although of course that is easy to reproduce yourself!  For these stamps, I did use an acrylic block as I wanted as crisp an image as you can get using distress ink for stamping.
The mistake is on the upper right hand side, but the 'drip' covered it beautifully.  I had to balance it out with a drip on the opposite side of the background.  The fingerprints were simply the finishing touch - I love them!

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