Saturday, June 12, 2021

Collage Backgrounds with Dina Wakley Media

Hi everyone and welcome to another Saturday Showcase, the Design Team's chance to share tutorials and products available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique with you. Today I have a couple more Parisian inspired journal pages to share with you together with a tutorial for creating collage backgrounds using Dina Wakley Media stamps, stencils, paints and gessos. I have used these collage backgrounds to draw architectural images onto but you could easily add flowers, faces or anything else that takes your fancy on to them.

So here's the first of two journal pages, this one featuring my take on the Arc de Triomphe;

The collage background begins with scraps of paper, torn into small pieces and layered together in a patchwork with matte gel medium.

If you don't have much in the way of patterned paper or pieces with text on don't worry because this can be added through using Dina Wakley Media Collage Paper and stencils. I used bits from the 'Elements' collection which are easily torn and applied, again with gel medium; the tissue is great because it is sturdy but thin enough to allow lower layers to show through. For me, I find it looks better if you keep everything in a horizontal/vertical plane rather than just adding patterned pieces at any angle but this is of course personal preference.

The 'Marks' stencil coordinates perfectly with the collage paper collection and I used some 'Black' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint with it to add the chosen pattern elements onto the background.

As mentioned earlier there is no need to worry if you don't have much in the way of paper with text on it because you can use stamps to add them. I took a couple of the phrases from the Dina Wakley Media 'Ledger Girls' stamp set and stamped them onto the collage background with permanent black ink.

To even out the background you then need to use a brayer or palette knife to apply a thin uneven layer of white gesso all over it. You may also want to add a layer of clear gesso over the whole background to ensure the various surfaces react in a similar way to additional layers of paint/ink etc. I also dabbed a used teabag over the surface to stain the surface lightly, giving it a more vintage feel in keeping with the other pages in my journal.

You can see below where I created a similar collage background in the same way for my second journal page - at this point I hadn't added the gesso layers or tea stained it.

I then sketched my drawing of the Arc de Triomphe onto the background, painting it in with white gesso before adding back the missing lines. You could use a stamping platform to do the same thing with one of your stamps.

Layers of 'Sedona' Acrylic Paint, 'Lapis' Scribble Stick and 'White' Acrylic Paint, all from the Dina Wakley Media range, were used to add colour to the image. I drew the details back in with a black Stabillo All pencil and highlighted some of them with a gold pen before adding some asemic writing along one edge. Dina Wakley has a really helpful free video tutorial showing how to do all of this over on Jeanne Oliver's website HERE.

As part of the finishing touches texture paste was applied through the 'Marks' stencil in one corner of the page and I sprinkled gold embossing powder over some of it, waiting until the paste was dry before heat setting the powder. Lace trims were added over the top along with hand stitching and some words - again you could embellish your collage with trims and words from your stash or even use the ones in the 'Ledger Girls' set if appropriate.

Here are a couple of close up photos of the completed first page;

My second page features more of the collage background and another iconic Parisian landmark;

On the second side of the page I've added a gel transfer print showing the view from directly beneath the Eiffel Tower - it is fascinating to see the structure in all its complexity this way.

Thanks for stopping by to see today's tutorial. I hope you've enjoyed seeing how to create this collage background and that it has given you ideas for using it with your own choice of focal images.

There's still time to enter the current Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge 'I'm Feeling Like Royalty' which runs through Tuesday, June 15th at 11.55pm. We look forward to seeing your creations.

Products used to create these journal pages are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

Dina Wakley Media Collage Paper - ElementsDina Wakley Media Mediums - Black GessoDina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - WhitePrima Art Basic Paper Texture Paste

1 comment:

  1. Jenny I adore these journal pages and the shading you did on the buildings is amazing!