My teacher, Jody Ziehm, taught us a technique using credit cards and mat board cut up in small pieces, applying masking fluid with plastic wrap, and spraying water on the scraped on color to create landscape scenes. I had lots of fun because I love landscapes and trees. I had doubts if I could do this many, so I had to gird up and mentally lock in regardless. I cut up bad paintings (Arches watercolor paper is expensive- so I use the backs) into strips 11" x 3 1/2" and applied the mask. After it was dry, I scraped on some basic colors with the cut up credit cards. After fine spraying with water, I tilted the paper towards the sky and then poured blue from the top of the sky to blend with below. I added a little kosher salt for some sky sparkle. Once dry, I rubbed the mask and salt off and cut the strips into four on the paper cutter. Using small twigs, I added branches and pines. The tree trunks were scraped on with the small credit card strips. No brushes. I did this in two days-100 of them.
Now, I have to print out the verse and glue that inside, glue the painting on the outside. I use premade white cards with matching envelopes from Joanns. Lastly, I have to write a message, put the addresses on (labels), stamps, and mail. Getting close to the deadline.
My ace camera got left in PA with my daughter by accident, so I am using a point and shoot which doesn't focus as well or capture color great.
|Mask applied to back of bad painting, doesn't matter if there is stray paint marks.|
|After scraped painting, sprayed, tilted, sky added. Mask removed.|
|Branches, trunks added. Cut into fours.|
|In position on card stock.|