Tonight’s project is DIY vintage-inspired ephemera.
Since I have very little vintagey things to add to my art journals, I thought I’d make some of my own.
Here is a piece of poster board. I gessoed it first, then used some paints on it. I began with burnt sienna, then went to yellow ochre. Then I added water to it and washed the final third with that. So it is a variegation of the colors from darkest to lightest. After that dried I washed it with watered down metallic gold paint.
Then I found stamps which felt “vintagey” to me… I stamped several of each on the poster board. Once the ink was dry I painted some of the images with craft paints. I used a fuschia pink, but toned it down with a dark brown and ivory. This gives the paint a muted, old feeling. Craft paints can be alarmingly bright sometimes and this works well to knock out the circus-color feeling. I painted the roses with this color, shading and adding highlights where needed.
Using the brown and ivory to mute the colors, I painted flowers with reds and oranges, and the leaves with two shades of green. Once the images were painted I used metallic paint to highlight where I wanted highlights. I didn’t paint all the stamped images as I’m not sure exactly how I will be using them. I do know I’m working on an art journal with pinks and greens in it.
Now that the images are dry, I can cut them out. Make them into tags, pockets, embellishments, etc. This was a simple way to make several vintage-inspired images from a piece of scrap poster board and a little bit of paint.