I've been told that gesso is a good primer and stops buckling. I'm doing most of these backgrounds for my calendar journal which comprises manila folders so that's what I'll be illustrating.
I use acrylic craft paint and this is the second layer. Too thick I think!
I tried to drop alcohol on and I'm wasn't impressed. I tried the alcohol ink and it was a bit better. I spritzed with water and that was more exciting. I think I need to study inks or something!
A few stamps.
The yellow is going to be too subtle but Burnt Copper stands out.
My next try was to stamp first. I also collaged some bits of torn paper which I adhered with gel medium.
Then I added first one colour of acrylic and then the other. These are dry brushed.
Then I stenciled on some glimmer mist onto the left page.That is the positive image. I flipped the stencil onto the right page and pressed the stencil down so the negative image would be on the right. No waste! This page is not finished but I am learning that they don't all need to be done in a slam bam manner! lol Let's just say I'm thinking! ;^)
Now that turned out so well that my first journal page is not looking so cute anymore. I should have done more thinking!!! I first viewed the adding of many layers to cover up previous layers as a bit wasteful! But not everything goes as planned and that is why there are paper towels or baby wipes available to remove, soften or blend. This time I won't even batt an eye!