Saturday, March 26, 2016

Faux Woodgrain Background

Dear Readers,

I just LOVE the look of wood grain paper.
I think it looks exactly like weathered wood and sometimes I feel like if I reach out and touch, it might just feel like real wood. But of course, it is just the illusion - faux wood- if you will.

Here are 2 pieces of 12 x 12 paper I got from the recent Coastal Escape Collection by Kaisercraft






Look at all the details in these papers. The knots, the wood grain, the NAILS!! 
I love it SOOO much.

So I wondered if it was possible to find a technique that would allow you to take normal white card stock and turn it into a faux wood background.

I looked on the YT and found a few tutorials and pooled all the techniques to come up with my own way of making faux wood backgrounds:



Step 1: 

I scoured the paper with my Stampin' Scorer and created grooves vertically and horizontally


Step 2:
I  then flipped it over and used the raised scored grooves and added the darkest color to each ATC.
Mainly the colors I used for that where either Tuxedo Black or Espresso.

Step 3:
I chose 2 contrasting colors of my Tim Holtz mini ink pads. 
I chose the lightest color and dragged it unevenly but flatly across the paper.

Step 4:
Then I added a light layer of PVA glue with a credit card. Allow to dry.

Step 5:
The I added the darker of the ink colors all over

Step 6:
Then I wiped away the ink that sat on top of the glued areas (the glue acts as a resist).


Here are some of the backgrounds I came up with:


Walter Violet & Hickory Smoke




Fossilised amber & Faded jeans





Fossilised amber & Vintage Photo



Vintage photo & salty ocean

This was a mixture of fossilised amber, mowed lawn and espresso 




A mixture of smoked hickory, mowed lawn and fossilised amber.

Aren't they great??
Here they all are together:




After you make the background, I then got the feel for each of the mood it evoked within me (mumbo jumbo artists all now) and came up with a different style for each background.

Here they are one by one:



Compass


Disenchanted

Regenerate

Romantic Spirit

Picturesque

Mystique
And here they all are together:


Thank you so much for stopping by..
I do hope you give this a try..
xxAmiraInOz



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