Backgrounds You Can Resist!

Headshot I’m just back from our first CREATE retreat where I had the opportunity to teach my Background Bonanza class to a room packed with wonderfully energetic students. The students were crazily prolific leaving class with 60 to 80 backgrounds a piece! I thought it might be fun to share some background ideas with you from Diana Trout’s Playful Paper Backgrounds DVD.

Because I’m a big fan of magical reveals, I’m choosing to share a sneak peak at a few of Diana’s watercolor resist techniques. I hope you’ll try one of these the next time you sit down to make backgrounds! Of course, you can also download an instant digital copy of Diana’s DVD right now—I’m a big fan of instant gratification!

Waxed Paper Resist


Materials:
-Stylus
-Waxed Paper
-Watercolor paper
-Watercolor paint
-Paintbrush


1. Place your waxed paper over the watercolor paper.

2. Use the stylus to draw a design on the wax paper.

3. Remove the waxed paper and paint over the surface of the watercolor paper with a wash of paint to reveal the drawing.

     
Crayon Resist


Materials:
-Crayon
-Watercolor paper
-Watercolor paint
-Paintbrush


1. Draw a design with crayon on watercolor paper.

Note: You can use a white or colored crayon. You can also use a candle!

2. Paint over the surface of the watercolor paper with a wash of paint to reveal the drawing.

     
Masking Fluid Resist


Materials:
-Art Masking Fluid
-Watercolor paper
-Watercolor paint
-Paintbrushes



1. Use a damp brush to add the masking fluid to the watercolor paper. Let this dry completely.

2. Paint over the surface of the watercolor paper with a wash of paint over the masking fluid and let the paint dry.

3. Use your finger tip to gently rub off the masking fluid to reveal the paper below.

     

See these techniques, and so much more on the Playful Paper Backgrounds DVD! Every time I watch Diana I feel like running to my watercolors to make stacks of beautiful backgrounds—I hope you do too.

Do you have a favorite resist technique? Share it with us and I’ll feature some of the best on my blog!

Cheers,

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