As you may or may not know, I’m a self-proclaimed love child of MacGyver. I can turn just about anything into a printing or stamping tool and I get a kick out of seeing what new things I can find to use.
I get especially perky around the commercial holidays because I can find interesting things at the dollar store or the dollar sections of chain stores that make great printing tools. Since this is a heARTfest Valentine Tutorial, I thought it was a perfect time to print with those heart-shaped ice cube trays.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use them to get nice, grungy backgrounds in your journal, or on loose sheets of paper that can then be used in your art work. Let’s start with a loose sheet of paper.
- paint palette
- acrylic paint
- sponge brush
- heart-shaped ice cube tray (I found this at Target!)
- paper or wax paper to protect your table
- loose sheet of paper (I like to use pages from old books.)
Step 1: Place something down to protect the table, then place your paper on top of it. Squirt some acrylic paint on your paint palette, and use the sponge brush to apply it to the top of the ice cube tray.
Now let’s print it in a journal for a quick background. You need the same materials, except this time you need a journal instead of a loose sheet of paper.
Here’s a short video tutorial I made of me printing the ice cube tray in my journal. If you can’t see this video, click here.
Now, my journal is ready for some action! As I start working in it, if I feel the hearts are too bold for writing or distracting from whatever else I put on the page, I can do a wash of color over it, or even add a thin layer of paint.
Stay tuned for Part 2, printing on fabric!
If you like this kind of printing, you’ll love my book Print & Stamp Lab. It has 52 different techniques for making your own alternative printing & stamping tools! You might also like my other book, The Art Journal Workshop.
This tutorial is part of the ArtSparks 8 Day heARTfest Valentine Tutorial Blog Hop. Be sure to check them all out
8 Day heARTfest Valentine Tutorial Blog Hop
- 1/25/2012 Jane LaFazio: Sketchbook page to Valentine Card (& envelope too)
- 1/26/2012 Traci Bunkers: Printed Heart Ice Cube Trays: Quick Printed Backgrounds
- 1/27/2012 Diana Trout: Woven heart valentines card
- 1/28/2012 Lyric Kinard: Lovin’ my Thermofax Screens
- 1/29/2012 Judy Coates Perez
- 1/30/2012 Kelli Nina Perkins: Heart-shaped felted soap
- 1/31/2012 Melanie Testa: (hosted on Lyrics blog.)
- 2/1/2012 Tracie Lynn Huskamp: Valentine Message Pillows