Learn how-to create easy monoprint backgrounds with Peg from Peg's Crafting Corner and then try your hand at some of her lovely tags and layouts.
First, choose the items that you would like to use to create the look of your background. Anything that will not damage the gelatin plate can be used. Things like soft toothbrushes or combs that are gently run across the plate are just a couple of ideas that can add texture and design. Shown here is a stencil, some die cut and paper punched card stock, an embossing folder and a cardboard tube.
There are many recipes on the web on how to make your own gelatin plate and there are some readily available to purchase. Just keep in mind that the DIY plates often don't last as long as the others.
Place dabs of paint onto the plate. You don't need a lot of paint.
Use the brayer to cover the plate with paint.
Add texture with an embossing folder, or run a brush or other object lightly over it. Experiment with different items to see what you like. You can also just leave it alone for a smooth look.
Place the cardstock over the plate and gently rub the paper making sure not to move it or it will smear the image.
After this you can either clean off the plate with water and dab with a paper towel to dry or leave the paint on and keep having fun working. It's up to you!
Add stencils or other items over the paint for more designs.
Use die cuts or punched shapes for another look.
Add the paint over the shapes.....
then remove them for open areas to create your designs.
Add another color of paint and make a print from it or...
Add some more texture with things like the cardboard tube.
Have fun and experiment with anything you have around. Add color and texture in one layer, two layers or more.
The ideas for new backgrounds are only limited to your imagination!
Got the hang of this technique?
Put your new skill to the test with this tutorial:
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