Hello all, welcome to Day 10 of the Pre-Holiday Tutorial Blog Hop! Today we will make some Geo Papers, or papers that are painted to simulate geographical imagery.
I am map-crazy, as many of you know, and I love paste papers, so this technique was a natural for me.
Here is what you need.
Paper: I use Arches Text Wove. Any printmaking paper will work.
Sumi ink: available at most art and craft stores. A dark, black, smooth ink
Stablilo Aquarellable Black Pencil
Transparent watercolors (not opaque or gouache)
Small watercolor brush
Spray bottle with water inside
Things that are round, to trace for circles
Anything you like to add texture
Where the ink hits the wetter part it will feather.
Make a line perpendicular to the first line. These lines can be wiggly, just make sure they go from edge to edge, right off the paper. Make lots of lines, going both directions.
Set a round object down on the paper and trace the edge with the Stabilo pencil.
This makes those cool crop circle areas you can see from the airplane when you are flying over Kansas.
Drop the salt on the really wet areas to absorb the water and add texture.
Add more lines with the Stabilo pencil.
Use the small brush to add some irregular lines for waterways.
Add circles and lines until you are happy with it.
Lift one edge to let the wet areas run across the paper.
Now it looks like this. Let it dry completely before moving on.
When the paper is entirely dry, wipe off the salt with a dry paper towel.
Get out the watercolors. I especially love using Twinkling H2Os for this.
Paint in the pastureland, waterways and farms.
Keep adding layers until you like your new land.
You can add salt or other texture to the watercolor layers too.
This one got a little wild, but it is my own invented world so I call the shots. This paper is about 25″ wide and 20″ high, 1/2 sheet of Arches Text Wove.
I made a small accordion to fit inside the box top and bottom. Eventually I will write a message on it to give to someone, like, “where have you been all my life?” or maybe “I have been looking everywhere for you.”
Next week, starting on Friday, there will be a two week blog hop with giveaways, ten copies of my book. Stay tuned!