Playful Paper Backgrounds (DVD)

Artist and author Diana Trout shares a wealth of artful techniques for creating delightfully designed papers using inks, paste, and paints.

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Create a varied stash of beautiful papers for use in your artwork. Artist and author Diana Trout shares a wealth of artful techniques for creating delightfully designed papers using inks, paste, and paints. First, painted papers are thoroughly explored using watercolors and other water-based media; special effects include resists, masks, and experimental mark-making. Next comes an intriguing examination of techniques for use with inks, including orizomegami (folded and dipped papers) and suminagashi (floating ink paintings). The fun continues with a lesson on creating your own stamps for personalized mark-making. Finally, learn to create colorfully patterned papers using paste, acrylic paints, and texture tools. Expand your visual vocabulary and design tools, and gather inspiration to create stashes of papers for use in journals, collage, book arts, and more.

Chapter 1. Painted Papers

  • Stonehenge® or other similar 90 lb. (or heavier) paper
  • Watercolors: winsor blue, permanent rose, gamboge yellow, black; add ultramarine blue, cadmium red deep, yellow ochre, burnt umber
  • Paintbrushes: 1" flat, #12 round
  • Inks: black and various colors (re-inkers, Speedball®, or similar)
  • Caran d’Ache® Neocolor I or Crayola® crayons
  • Waxed paper
  • Saran™ wrap
  • Glaze® 3-D glossy ink pens
  • Salt
  • Alcohol
  • Winsor & Newton Art Masking Fluid
  • Palette

Chapter 2. Inks


  • Containers of water
  • Newspaper for drying

For Suminagashi

  • Clear acrylic photo frame (for water bath)
  • Kodak Photo-Flo: mix in a ratio of 1 tsp. H2O:1 drop Photo Flo (available online)
  • Rice or Sumi-e paper, copper plate paper, Hosho paper (papers should be cut 1/2" smaller than your photo frame tray)
  • Japanese brushes (1 for each color and 1 for the Photo-Flo dispersant)
  • Eye dropper
  • Boko-undu inks

For Orizomegami

  • Japanese rice paper (sumi-e paper)
  • Inks, re-inkers, liquid acrylics or Boko-undo inks
  • Palette with cups
  • Binder clips
  • Pipettes
  • Water (in a wide-mouthed container)
  • Blotting paper or towels
  • Disposable gloves

Chapter 3. Stamps and Stencils

  • Ink pads
  • Staedtler® Mastercarve Artist Carving Block (or similar)
  • Speedball carving tool set
  • X-Acto® knife
  • 6B drawing pencil
  • Printer paper (or journal)
  • Tracing paper
  • Bone folder or burnishing tool

Chapter 4. Paste Paper

  • Stonehenge or similar smooth (hot press) 90# printmaking or watercolor paper
  • Two types of lightweight paper:

-Ingres Antique paper (in colors)

-Johannot Printmaking paper (white)

  • Elmer’s® Art Paste powder (use 2 tsp. art paste:1 cup cold water or increase up to 1 pkg. paste:4 qts. cold water)
  • Container to mix paste in
  • Measuring spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Whisk
  • Small containers, one for each color
  • Large brushes, one for each color
  • Spray bottle
  • Small sponge
  • Golden Artist Colors® acrylic paints, any colors: tube or fluid
  • Water containers
  • Paint rags
  • Marking tools
  • Craft foam stamps
  • Roller stamps (wallpaper seam rollers)
  • Crochet doilies
  • Old credit cards
  • Traditional scrapers
  • Additional mark-making/texturizing tools, such as brayers with rubber bands, brushes, toothpicks, coffee stirrers, pencil, eraser top, fan brush, fat floppy brush, and Bubble Wrap®

SKU: 10QM18

Author/Speaker/Editor: Diana Trout

Format: DVD

ISBN 13: 9781596683853

Customer Reviews

Playful Paper Backgrounds Review by NULL NULL

Never have I watched a dvd where I was so intrigued by the techniques, but so disappointed in the presentation. Her lackluster enthusiasm and messy delivery of info left a little to be desired. I'd still give this a four-star rating because of the new and exciting techniques that were shown. I'm new to mixed-media, but I'm certain that seasoned veterans of the craft would still benefit from many of the ideas that were demonstrated. Many people want to be equaly entertained while be educated. I would take content over a visual variety show any day! So if you don't mind hitting the snooze alarm a few times, you can focus in on the projects themselves and really learn something.

(Posted on 10/12/11)

Playful Paper Backgrounds Review by Belle Smith

Totally awesome. Sweet and loaded with information. DETAIL DETAIL DETAIL So much for the price.

(Posted on 9/6/10)