Greetings Creative Adventure seekers! Today I am making backgrounds using Mineral Paper and the new Sacred Geometry 2 stencils. if you haven’t yet heard about Mineral paper it is not really paper, but it’s made of calcium carbonate and feels like you are painting on egg shells. I can pour just about anything on it without wrinkling and it doesn’t come apart when scrubbed vigorously. I love working with Artistcellar stencils because they are made so well that they can withstand the rough treatment I give them while I am in the creative process.
Alcohol blending solution
Splash Ink or fluid acrylics
Magic eraser or generic white eraser sponge
On the first sheet I applied a mixture of alcohol inks onto the mineral paper randomly using an applicator.
I thought it came out too dark so I poured a little blending medium and used a rag to move the color around.
Alcohol inks dry rather quickly so I was able to lay Quattro Flower ACS120 stencil right over it. Using a stencil brush I applied white alcohol ink from the center going outwards. Make sure the stencil brush is loaded with ink but not too wet. Scrub vigorously to apply color. If I did this on regular paper, I would have already made holes in the paper.
I repeated the process over the entire surface of the paper and scrubbed some of the areas using the stencil brush to soften the designs.
Dribble and pour Magenta, Yellow and Blue Splash Ink onto the mineral paper then quickly blend it with a brayer going in different directions on the paper until you achieve the desired effect.
Let it dry until tacky but not bone dry.
Dampen a magic eraser or use a makeup sponge. Remove most of the water with a towel so it is not sopping wet. Lay Golden Mean ACS122 on top of the brayered surface and scrub over it with the sponge until you see the color lifting.
Remove any excess moisture and color with a rag, then remove the stencil.
Repeat the same process on the paper using the remaining stencils in the set until you are satisfied with the result. Give yourself some time to experiment and play and make lot’s of backgrounds using these processes. I look forward to using these backgrounds in an upcoming post!
Tip: To clean alcohol ink from the stencil use the blending medium and a magic eraser to remove the alcohol ink. The alcohol ink is hard on these erasers so be sure to have a couple on hand. I use magic eraser sponges to clean acrylic paints off my stencils and they come out perfectly clean, just like brand new every time.
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