- White or a fairly light colored piece of card stock or scrapbook paper
- Permanent Ink (I like to use StazOn by Tsukineko)
- Dye based ink (I like to use Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks)
- Stipple brushes
- An assortment of rubber stamps
The first thing you will want to do is take your largest images and begin to stamp those randomly onto your solid colored piece of paper. To make it interesting, stamp some of the images off the page.
**Something important to note….when using this technique, you want to make sure you are using PERMANENT ink. If you try to use dye inks to stamp your background, they will smudge when you go to colorize it later.
|Start with your largest stamps.|
Next, stamp your medium and smaller stamps to fill in some of the white space. Again, use a random pattern and stamp some of the images so they are “hanging” off the page. Also, overlap your stamps. It looks really cool!
|Add your medium, then small stamps.|
Next, use a filler stamp, like the checkered patterned stamp I used below, to fill in some of the wider areas of white space. Overlapping images looks really cool, so don’t be afraid of it. Once you’ve done that, it should look something like this:
|The checkered image here fills in some of the white space.|
I think that looks pretty good, but there is still too much stark white space. To deal with that, I used this textured stamp and stamped it all over the areas where there were white gaps. This creates texture and makes the over all look much softer.
|Create texture by randomly stamping this type of image over stark white areas of your paper.|
- a stipple brush and tap the bristles onto the paper
- a crumpled piece of wax paper or even tin foil
- a piece of steel wool
- the scrubby side of a sponge
- a sea sponge (which will be right by the sea shells in your local craft store)