black & white in sketchbook

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A few leftover papers in a box on my desk called me to leave the scanning and uploading of creative swap postcards for later, and so I did. Being creative was what I needed! I am taking an online course by Mary Green called Collage Coterie and that is where the ideas I came up with for this spread in my sketchbook come from. I started here with a variation on the ripped paper technique Mary showed us  . . .
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and painted the background paper with white paint, watered down a bit. Then I brushed a lot of it off with a wet wipe.
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Next I added some distress inks in the color of ‘pumice stone’ . . .
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and used my heat tool to dry the ink on top of the paint. I like the aged look the ink gave the page. This is a new ink pad for me that I picked up on Saturday at the art supply store. I added various paper elements to my background, thinking about the shapes of the items i was adding. Mary’s third lesson in Collage Coterie is about shapes in collage. I’m also working on my charcoal pencil skills from lesson 2. Thanks to Nan, a fellow student, and Mary, I got my charcoal pencil sharpened without it crumbling! I may have gone a little overboard outlining with it, but I had fun using it and the shadows look good to my eye.

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some close ups:
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this is vintage paper from a seed catalog, circa 1898 -not a copy

that is me in the garden, little lenna, circa 1960 . . .
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love this mushroom paper from mary’s e-shop!
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I have not done a lot of making background papers of this type, or thinking about shapes in my collage, or using charcoal pencil as of late, until I took Mary Green’s classes. Run, don’t walk! and sign up!! We are not even halfway through - the blog posts/lessons are scheduled from August 15th through September 9th, the workshop can be joined at any time.The class blog will stay open for 7 months after the end of class; through April 30th. Click here to view more details on the class and hope to see you there!
p.s. This is also the 9th spread of pages in my Sketchbook 2011 project : ^ ) .