Welcome to Traci Bunkers ' world! Traci is the author of 2 books on Art Journaling Print & Stamp Lab and The Art Journal Workshop. Her work is funky and expressive and loads of fun. She joins us today with a neat tutorial: Printed Heart Ice Cube Tray: Quick Printed Backgrounds, Part 1. Part 2 of this project is printing on fabric and that is linked at the end of her post.
As you may or may not know, I'm a self-proclaimed love child of MacGyver. I can turn just about anything into a printing or stamping tool and I get a kick out of seeing what new things I can find to use.
I get especially perky around the commercial holidays because I can find interesting things at the dollar store or the dollar sections of chain stores that make great printing tools. Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I thought it was a perfect time to print with those heart-shaped ice cube trays. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to use them to get nice, grungy backgrounds in your journal, or on loose sheets of paper that can then be used in your art work. Let's start with a loose sheet of paper.
- paint palette
- acrylic paint
- sponge brush
- heart-shaped ice cube tray (I found this at Target!)
- paper or wax paper to protect your table
- loose sheet of paper (I like to use pages from old books.)
Step 1: Place something down to protect the table, then place your paper on top of it. Squirt some acrylic paint on your paint palette, and use the sponge brush to apply it to the top of the ice cube tray.
Step 2: Place the ice cube tray onto the paper and push down with your fingers to print all of the flat areas. Be sure to get in between the hearts too.
Step 3: Carefully lift the corner of the tray, checking to see if everything printed. If not, place it back down and work the unprinted areas some more with your fingers.
Step 4: Add more paint, and print the next section. It can be printed the same direction as the first time, or rotate it 180 degrees to print it the opposite direction.
Step 5: Continue printing until the page is covered. After the paint is dry, it can be used as the background for other artwork, collage material, or to make a Valentine's Day Card. Now let's print it in a journal for a quick background. You need the same materials, except this time you need a journal instead of a loose sheet of paper.
Here's a short video tutorial I made of me printing the ice cube tray in my journal. If you can't see this video, click here.
Now, my journal is ready for some action! As I start working in it, if I feel the hearts are too bold for writing or distracting from whatever else I put on the page, I can do a wash of color over it, or even add a thin layer of paint. Hop on over to my blog for Part 2, printing on fabric! If you enjoyed this tutorial, I've got a new online workshop coming up called "Heaps of Layered Hand printed Cards." where I teach you some easy printing techniques while making mixed-media cards. Be sure to sign up for my mailing list or follow my blog so you'll know when it starts!
See previous First Friday Artists
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Jane Davies ; talks about Gelli Plate printing and glue gun stencils here
Seth Apter works with stencils and resists here
Tammy Garcia with a fun tutorial on painting flowers and stitching paper
Julia Rix talks about her woodcuts here