Friday, February 13, 2015

Dry Brush Painted Collage- A Tutorial

   I recently came across my notes from this technique I taught some years ago and thought I'd share it with you.

"Faces Of Innocence"
  Supplies I Used:   journal page                 
                               focal images(mine are collage sheet images from Paper Whimsy)
                               patterned paper, dictionary page scraps
                               permanent black ink such as Staz-On or Archival
                               script or quote rubber stamp
                               Matte Gel medium Gel Mat (Liquitex)
                               any brushes for applying the gel medium and for dry brushing acrylic paints
                               metallic paints ( I used Folk Art Metallic Peridot, Rose, Blue Pearl, Plum; 
                               and Anita's Classic Gold)        
   First decide whether you want one main focal image or several. If using more than one keep in mind that odd numbers are best. Arrange your image(s) on the page . Once you are pleased with the placement glue them in place with the gel medium. Fill the rest of the page by cutting various sized squares from your patterned  papers and gluing them close together as shown here:

  Apply a thin coat of gel medium over top and allow to dry thoroughly. Dry brush the acrylic paints randomly and repeatedly one at a time over and around the page. Go sparingly over the focal image(s).   When dry, repeatedly stamp quote over the page.

  Here's a close up of one of the sections:

  I hope you will give this a try-the metallic sheen is just beautiful on the finished page! How about using a family member or friend's images for a personal gift?

 Linking to Art Journal Every Day; Community Thrive (Play With Squares); Mixed Media Monthly (Challenge #9- Think Pink); and Paint Party Friday.

 Lastly , I want to share these two photos of our son when he was little:

                                                       ...and yes, he is still a talker :)

        ...and yes, he is still very handsome although it is extremely difficult to take a pic nowadays!

  A very happy birthday to our son Todd who will be 27  Saturday, on Valentine's Day!!! XO

 " I have a son who is my heart. A wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind."
                                                                                                               Maya Angelou



  1. Great tutorial Linda, thank you !
    What a charming boy he was....

    Happy Birthday to him!
    Happy weekend and Happy Valentine's Day to you !

  2. Lovely work! Happy Birthday to the birthday boy! Valerie

  3. Absolutely beautiful - the art - and absolutely handsome- the son!

  4. A lovely tutorial - the metallic paint gives a great effect. Your son was a real cutie - happy birthday to him for tomorrow. x

  5. Happy Birthday to your son! And thanks for sharing your process on your lovely piece.

  6. Happy Valentines Birthday Todd!! Gorgeous artwork and amazing tutorial. I think done right this could be an amazing gift for someone!! Thank you for sharing the process!!

    Hugs Giggles

  7. Such a lovely post! Happy Birthday to your son, such a cutie!

  8. Great technique! I love what you did :)

    Ahh.... Happy Birthday to Todd..... what sweet photos.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend - hope your weather is better now!

    Karen x

  9. Thanks very much for the tutorial and your beautiful example. This will be something very interesting to try, and it doesn't sound too stressful although I am sure it is much more difficult than it looks.

  10. that is a beautiful result! Thanks for sharing how you did it!

  11. Must give that a try soon. Thanks Linda!

  12. Very interesting, I like, thank you for this tutorial wonderful, beautiful works!

  13. Wonderful tutorial, Linda. I have some oversize playing cards that I am going to try this on. Thanks for sharing. Your son was darling as a little guy. Happy birthday to him tomorrow.

  14. What an adorable little boy your son was ~ Bet he is handsome now! Absolutely beautiful dry brush collage and lovely tutorial ~xo

    Happy weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  15. Great tutorial !!! You've given me a great idea for the cove of the new art journal I bought my granddaughter for her birthday!!! Handsome son you have ...hope his birthday is grand.

  16. Beautiful - and so cool to see al of your steps! Happy PPF!

  17. Thanks for sharing - beautiful!
    Happy birthday - both of your - mother and the baby! :)
    Greetings from Sydney!

  18. Thanks for sharing the tips of doing a journalpage! Happy birthday to your handsome son!

  19. Lovely and creative collage. Thank you for sharing your tutorial!

  20. Hello dear Linda - Well Valentine's Day will always be memorable for you in more ways than one having your son born on that date! I hope it was a lovely day for you. Is your son still a multi-tasker LOL?
    I love this project and, you know what, I think I am completely capable of achieving this one. You are such an inspiration Linda,
    Thanks heaps for sharing your gorgeous artwork with us,
    x Suzy

  21. Thank you for the tutorial, it looks great! And happy birthday to your gorgeous son (I'm assuming he's gorgeous, he was certainly a gorgeous boy!) xx

  22. Love the way the acrylic paint blends in together so softly! Great technique! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

  23. Thank you so much for the tutorial Linda. Just what I need, the order of the steps!
    Your son 's pictures are adorable and I wish him a happy belated birthday.

  24. Oh dear Linda ~ so happy I did not miss this post for many reasons.
    What a precious valentine you have there ♥ really darling pictures of your son as a boy and the perfect quote! That growing up seems to happen in the blink of an eye...
    Thank you for sharing your tutorial...those PW girls look wonderful with your magic touches.
    Hope you are staying warm...I am guessing the Siberian Clipper has hit you too...brrr baby it's cold outside.
    p.s. Our youngest son turns 27 this July ♥

  25. What a great project! Thanks for showing us how it's done, love that technique. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  26. What a great technique! Lovely project! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  27. Thanks for posting this, very helpful technique!

  28. beautiful piece and great way to do a grid collage. happy birthday to your son! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!


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