Awhile back, I shared with you a technique using Citra Solv concentrated cleaner to alter National Geographic pages, but with a twist… first embossing a stencil design on the page, and then treating with Citra Solv. Sometimes the technique results in a muddled mess, other times in gorgeous papers like this double page spread with diamond shaped designs.
A closer look:
Sometimes I am so happy with the papers I just have to look at them for awhile… but the time had come to use these lovely pages.
First, I collaged, painted, and stenciled, and stamped a background on a wood panel. (and yes, the dots were made with bubble wrap!)
The bottom border of diagonals was already on the panel that I was upcycling, so I just added some more along the top.
Then, I cut the tree out of my beautiful papers and mounted it to the board. I usually don’t draw out my trees, just take a pair of scissors and start cutting. It does take a bit of concentration to keep track of where the branches are headed!
To this I added leaves cut out of a magazine page full of fall foliage. I like the color that the fall trees gave my leaves.
I added some shading and dimension both with acrylic paint, and my beloved Derwent Inktense pencils. Finally, I called it complete!
If you want to read more about how I created these papers, go to this blog post.