Friday, February 18, 2011

Layers - with Transparencies and Vellum

I have been experimenting with transparencies and layers, and having a great time with the different results:
1. Vellum over a painted background

2. Two layers of transparencies

3. Three layers of transparencies


Here are step-by-step instruction on how to make #1 (Vellum over a painted background)
Materials: Vellum, pen and ink (or black pen), colored ink (I used copper, and two tones of green), background painted paper (I used mulberry paper painted with H2O's - shimmering watercolors)

STEP 1:
Create your background. I wet the mulberry paper and then brushed it with shimmering watercolors (H2O's)

STEP 2:
Cut the Vellum to the size you want, and draw your picture on it with pen and ink

STEP 3:
Keep adding details to your picture until you're satisfied

STEP 4:
Add color with ink or gel pens. Vellum curls when wet, so be sure to use small quantities of ink. Decide if you want to add color to the front or back side. I added the trunk color (copper) to the back so that I would not lose the details on the tree trunk, and the leaves (2 tones of green) to the front so you can see the shimmer of the ink. I then went over the outlines of the leaves once again with a black pen, so the edges were well defined.

STEP 5:
Go over the edges of the vellum and background with permanent ink (Sharpie or ink pad) to give it a finished look.

STEP 6:
Attach the vellum picture to the background and you're done!!

8 comments:

Pam of Always Artistic said...

They are gorgeous Marta! Love the tutorial!

christineccr said...

Very beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial.

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

What a great technique!

I am your new follower.
Barb

Evie's Tool Emporium said...

Amazing how it evolves!

Marta said...

Thank you all for the nice comments; glad you enjoyed it.

Sunshineshelle said...

Hi Marta, Thought I'd pop over & say Hi!! I saw you joined the Acesty group, so welcome!! I love the results you got here too, great work, really cool!

Purple Pony Art said...

Oh my gosh, I love the layers! It's such a great time to be an artist with so many exciting materials like vellum to use. I love all three!

StephanieCherrise said...

This looks like so much fun. Gorgeous work! You are a wonderful artist. I found you through the Etsypreneur team on Etsy. =D