Blue & Green Skinny Pages

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Blue & Green Skinny Pages, originally uploaded by Trish Bee.

I created these skinnys for a swap, these are the fronts and back of my page. We had to use a colour scheme of mainly green and blue.

I made the backgrounds on these skinnys by scraping blue and green paint onto one page, and then layering another page on top of the paint – pressed the pages together then pulled them apart to reveal a kinda ink blot paint pattern background.

The metallic strip you can see on the pages is silver tape which I coloured using Stream alcohol ink.

The puncinella strip is stuck down with just the tape and I brayered it so that the pattern would still be visible through the foil tape.

Masking Tape Backgrounds

Welcome to number 14 in the Background Noise Series!

This one is pretty straight forward and very easy to do and it looks like old leather too!

All you need for this background is MASKING TAPE! You need the high tack variety otherwise it wont stick to your card surface very well so make sure its sticky and not that low tack stuff you can buy.

To create this background all you need to do is tear off strips from the masking tape and layer them across a sheet of card stock – it works best if you have a lot of roughly torn edges on the masking tape as it all adds to the interesting texture.

So at this stage all you need to do is tear and stick the masking tape all over the card stock till the entire surface area is covered.

Once youve done that you can add colour to your masking tape background -the best way to do that is to smoosh or sponge your colours directly from your inkpads or you can use dye re-inkers. I find dye inkpads work best for this but you can use brands like Brilliance pigment inks because you can heat set them.

Thats it! Very easy 2 step easy to create backgrounds!

Heres some examples below:


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Zentangle Inspired Doodles

Ive just started off a new small sketchbook which Im going to use for doodling and drawing in.

I love doodling with a pen and working in black and white as it is very striking and simple. Im also in love with the whole Zentangle style so theres a lot of influences in my doodles  from that 😉

Funnily enough Ive always doodled in this style ever since I was a small child but never gave it any second thought, it was just something I did to pass the time away. And here I am nearly 40 years later doing it all over again and this time they’ve given this style an ‘official name’.

Funny old life….

My Zentangle inspired artwork is gonna be loaded in my flickr gallery here: