The other day a friend shared some works she had created using
I was in awe of what she had done and at the same time decided I
NEEDED them now.
Bister is wood stain imported from the Netherlands.
It's water soluble and on glossy or stamping paper can created absolutely beautiful backgrounds.
Doing a Youtube video search I found a few tutorials,
most in another language, and most on how to create cards and such by combining the Bister background with stamped images.
I am all about backgrounds, and I am all about stamping (but usually as part of my background making)
so I decided to share my spin on combining the 2.
The following is a step by step tutorial on creating this Art Journal page.
This is Bister.
It comes in 8 colors in these little containers.
Don't panic about the size, it truly is an example of a little goes a looooonnnggg
See, it has fine grains, almost along the lines of an embossing powder.
I used a dry paint brush to flick a small amour across my page.
I wound up using 3 colors here.
Mist it with water.
The more you mist the more it bleeds and runs.
I'm in heaven.
Excess water can be blotted up along the edges with a paper towel
and you can dry with a heat gun to speed things up.
I added a second layer of color just because I wanted more veins of color in my piece.
Then some simple stamping with a Kaisercraft stamp and Solvent (StazOn) ink.
I put a tiny bit of the stain in a container, added some water and made a watercolor paint.
Using a cosmetic sponge and stencil I added some circles to the page.
In hindsight I'd use a different applicator,
the sponge soaked up more of the water than I wanted
(I know, who'd have thought a sponge would soak up water…duh moment)
I outlined the circles with a white acrylic paint pen.
Added some torn pieces of a sewing pattern.
this time with a Tim Holtz stamp and Solvent ink.
Little bit of Washii tape,
cause tape makes me happy.
For my embellishment I took a piece of canvas and misted it with Olive Vine & Bronze
Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels,
and Buccaneer Bronze Moonshadow Mist by Lindy's Stamp Gang.
Once it dried a little bit of stamping with a Club Scrap stamp and Solvent Ink.
I cut a heart out freehand, adhered it to the page and did a bit of machine stitching around it.
Here is the finished piece.
I added some words using Tim Holtz stickers.
Outlined the heart with a Distress Marker and smudged it with my finger,
and inked the edges of the page with black ink.
A few closeups….
Love my heart
Some of the Bister background with stamping over.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my newest tutorial.
Have a fantastic weekend!