26 January 2011

Experiments with backgrounds: My Play School Moments

Splodges become flowers?
Paper Bag for Sweets Page and some alcohol inks
Kitchen towels and watercolours

 Lots of photos in this post - may be slow ...

Sometimes what I love the most is just playing with my materials and seeing what might happen. Sometimes it works and sometimes it is a disaster - I think of this time as my play school moments as there are no restrictions, no rights or wrongs and it is just for fun which is what we used to be taught at Play School (Kindergarten) before some government inspector and politician decided we should restrict and monitor and evaluate everything. After all that is why most of us do this, isn't it?
The paper in the bag seemed to almost stop the inks blending - I was thinking of rhubarb rock and cinnamon balls here

I also played with those cheap Lidl pearl acrylic paints. I had been painting some backgrounds and using a piece of card as a palette when I decided to see what would happen when I put some acetate onto the paint. Oh that was fun and the only acetate I had to hand was box lids for flowers.

I had downloaded the document about mixed media backgrounds from Cloth, Paper, Scissors and decided to try using water colours and kitchen rolls. I love the bright colours and will hopefully use these papers in a project soon.


  1. Wow! You've some wonderful backgrounds Sally! Looks like you had a lot of fun!
    Alison x

  2. these are fantastic backgrounds and I love those zesty colours using the acetate, they look lovely and textured.


  3. WOW love those backgound...this is just the sort of thing I love to do...very interesting to see the effect on the sweet bag I like that it doesn't blend so much. Thanks for the tip.

  4. love these backgrounds and your sweets page

  5. You must have had a lot of fun doing these backgrounds, they're great.
    xxx Hazel.