Imprinting a painted surface with lots of different materials is a fun and easy way to let liquids do their thing. As the paper dries, the materials touching your paper surface allow more pigment to pool in certain spots, leaving you with ghostly impressions of those items.
You can't control the results perfectly, and that's part of the charm of this technique. Spend a bit of time making background papers, and you'll have hours worth of pieces to draw from when your next project strikes!
Materials & Tools:
Acrylics, cups, sponges
A place the papers can sit undisturbed while they dry
1. Gather up your textured materials that you plan to use to do the imprinting.
2. Mix up the colors that you want to use. I like to mix my heavy-bodied acrylics to the consistency of cream. I use water, not glazing medium for this, because I want them to dry relatively quickly, and glaze extends the drying time.
3. Saturate watercolor paper well with the colors, moving them around and allowing them to blend. Don't overblend, or the colors may end up muddy. Place your textured materials all over the surface. Allow to dry undisturbed.
4. Remove the textured materials and see what you've got. I plan to tear this piece up into several smaller pieces to use in different projects.
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