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Old 07-19-2008, 07:00 AM   #1
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I love the collage styles that are in the Somerset magazines. I'm interested in "white washing" a card after I stamp it and apply my clipart. Can I use watered down white acrylic paint? Maybe I should just experiment and see what happens, but I'd love some advice!!
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The only things I can think of are
1. Use waterproof ink or the paint will smudge it.
2. Use very heavy paper (preferably watercolor paper) if you're using a lot of water, or you'll get some serious warping. (Ask me how I know this....) Dry-brushing with acrylic paint will give a more opaque look (duh) and if you use a low-moisture acrylic like the Making Memories, you won't get much warping of the paper.
Otherwise, just experiment and play and have fun with it!
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You can use watered down white acrylic paint but I prefer to use gesso. It's a white "base coat" medium but if you use it lightly (almost a dry brush technique) then it will have that look you are looking for. I prefer it to watered down paint because it's less messy and dries super fast.

Here's a link to my collage blog which talks about this:
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You can use watered down white acrylic paint but I prefer to use gesso. It's a white "base coat" medium but if you use it lightly (almost a dry brush technique) then it will have that look you are looking for. I prefer it to watered down paint because it's less messy and dries super fast.

Here's a link to my collage blog which talks about this:
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Thanks! That's just what I'm looking for! I'm off to the store to get some gesso now. By the way, I love your work, it's gorgeous.
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i don't use watered down paint, because it has the ability to really warp the paper. i like the look of paint that's been dry brushed on, meaning only load a little of the paint on the brush at full strength and use it like that. there will be areas where the paint never touches, but it's charming. if you feel that it needs more you can go back and add more.
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You can use watered down white acrylic paint but I prefer to use gesso. It's a white "base coat" medium but if you use it lightly (almost a dry brush technique) then it will have that look you are looking for. I prefer it to watered down paint because it's less messy and dries super fast.

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Heather...I LOVE your blog..love it! I've always wondered how people do this. I bookmarked it...thanks..g
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Thanks so much for the complements ladies!!
I'm hoping to do a big overhaul on my blog soon and make my own header and background, etc and have a place to sell my work too.
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I love gesso for this
(and there are some neato things gesso on cardstock lets you do to) for instance, it makes SU markers really embossable (and you can even erase any marker mistakes with a damp q-tip right after you make them.
you can run it through your printer and emboss the ink--great for clip art or your own sketches or kid's drawings (But only if you're not worried about wrecking your printer--I'm nutso so I don't care if I do.) Ok, I'll stop ranting about gesso (for now) LOL ;0)
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What about that old favorite; Modge Poge? I have been experimenting with it lately. It's not exactly white, but interesting. K
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You can use watered down white acrylic paint but I prefer to use gesso. It's a white "base coat" medium but if you use it lightly (almost a dry brush technique) then it will have that look you are looking for. I prefer it to watered down paint because it's less messy and dries super fast.

Here's a link to my collage blog which talks about this:
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Yup! That's the best technique to achieve the look you're after!
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I love the collage styles that are in the Somerset magazines. I'm interested in "white washing" a card after I stamp it and apply my clipart. Can I use watered down white acrylic paint? Maybe I should just experiment and see what happens, but I'd love some advice!!
Hi Beth ,I do alot of collage work and I add acrylic paint to several of my pieces.I usually dry brush them on, but if you want a transparent look you may want to try gouache paint,it can be thinned down ,is water based and very workable. You can lay the piece down with a heavy book or object to avoid warping. I posted a piece I did that has this technique in the gallery. Im, new at posting and kinda messed it up and did the whole page by accident.if you subscribe to Stampers Sampler it is in the Aug/sept 2008.pg 71 . I have 7 other cards in their as well, I really need a blog ,or at least I need to figure out how to upload my images. Hope this helps.
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