T Tuesday: Tutorial
Black and white Halloween postcard
collage on 4" x 6" cardboard.
Start by cutting scrap cardboard to 4" x 6".
Tear old book pages into strips.
Glue strips of text to the printed side of the cardboard.
I used Aileene's Tacky Glue, staggering the pages for
Trim around the edge of the postcard with scissors.
Paint over the text with gesso. You can wipe off some
of the gesso with a paper napkin so more of the text
Use some paper scraps for the collage in colors that
you would like to use. I was going for a black and white
theme, so I used a limited palette. Scrapbook papers,
painted papers, (as below) the inside of security envelopes,
and Dover clip art are all good choices for
black and white designs.
The leaf on the right was from a Dover clip art book,
but you could draw or stamp one too.
I used a hair dryer to quickly dry the gesso. I begin laying
out collage elements and moving them around to make
a pleasing arrangement.
I drew the vintage-style pumpkin myself. These features
are pretty easy to imitate...
Notice the square of security envelope got moved up
to the top right corner, and more pieces of the painted
paper were added to it. It is usually a good idea to
repeat some motifs or shapes within the composition.
The leaf on the diagonal top left serves to lead your eye
into the composition.
Detail of the vintage style pumpkin, above.
"Jolly Halloween" was hand-written onto black
card stock in white gel pen. You could certainly
stamp letters on strips of white paper and glue to
black card stock, or even print them from
your computer. To finish, I usually add some
pen work. Here I've added pen strokes behind
the pumpkin and behind the leaf. I also added
an outline with a few curlicues around the
outside edge of the card.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial with your
tea (or beverage of choice) today. Visit
Bluebeard and Elizabeth at
Altered Book Lover, for Tuesday 'T.'
Stop by again soon for more
Halloween inspired fun!