Alcohol Inks on Wallpaper:   Add intense colour and texture to paper (video demo).


Alcohol Inks on a TagA great way to create a background!  Note that the paper used was gifted to me, heavily coated with a slick finish (likely a photographic paper when that was still a thing), and I suspect a comparable paper would be Yupo-like.

Alcohol Resist:  Texture your work using 99% alcohol.

Artist Tissue Play   Use artist tissue to get your abstract on!

Black Gesso Play (Because the Dark Side Matters)

Take those tired old blue jeans and turn them into templates/impression plates to use on your gel plate...and it works for other heavy fabrics too!

Bottle Cap Flowers  Turn those bottle caps into your own unique garden!

Brayer Paper:  See Leather Paper

Cheesecloth Background:  Create a lovely background with this great technique.

There's a video demo here:

Cheesecloth Soaker:  Use cheesecloth to soak up leftover paint, and then incorporate it into a painting.  You'll find a demo near the end of this Smoosh video:

Cobweb Technique:  This beautiful technique is designed for ethereal backgrounds.

Crystalline Paper:  This lovely paper shimmers with the light of the under-painting when used in collage and mixed media.

Direct Transfer Method:  Transfer magazine pictures, photocopied works, and more (DO NOT USE INKJET PHOTOCOPIES - unless you want a streaky, paint-runny result!!!).

Dryer Sheets, painted:  Get your dryer (sheets) working for you!

Drywall Compound Texture:  Learn how to use drywall compound to incorporate texture in your work.

Elastic Play:  Get those elastics working for you - they're not just for pigtails!

Fabric Additions:  Adding fabric to your work is a breeze!

Frottage - See Rubbings

Looking for a way to add interest to your stamping and gel printing?  This is it!

Gel Plate Printing:   A video demo of Gelli print making.

Gel Plate Printing:  First Print / Ghost Print / Haunts      A video demo

Gel Plate Printing:   Use your ribbon stash to create fun backgrounds on the gel plate!

Gel Medium:  Start a painting with gel medium for soft or deep texture.

Gesso Paper:  See Leather Paper

Leather Paper:  Getting that leather look and feel in your paper.

Masking Tape Layers:  Tape your support for dancing lines.

Marbled Medallion:  Create these easy and  pretty medallions to add to your paintings.

Methyl Cellulose Applications:   Using cellulose as glue for removable pieces on your work.

Nail Polish Remover Resist:  Your nail polish remover can work for you in your paintings, too!

Napkin Sandwich:  Use your cocktail and/or table napkins to create a lovely piece of bond.  Great for card-making, backgrounds in your mixed media, and visual texture.

Packing Tape Pick-Me-Up:  Here's a quick and easy transfer technique.

Painted Papers:  Create your own gorgeous papers with this technique.

Palette Paper Transfer:  Use this quick and dirty transfer to add richness to your backgrounds.

Paper Crush:  Crush it, wet it, paint it, and you've got a great background or collage paper.

Paper Sandwich:  Use this technique to incorporate a 'window' of thin materials into your painting.

Paper Towel Lift:  Use this method to add variety and pattern to your background.

Paraffin Wax Resist:  Some wonderful possibilities in this resist technique.

Pattern Making, with Plastic:  Add some patterns to your work using household plastic.

Plastic (stretch) Wrap Background:  Oh such fun to play with this background!

Printing With Leaves:  Use foliage to create a painting.

Pulled Paper Technique:  Use this technique to create a distressed background.

Resists:  Five ways to create resists that enhance your artwork.

Rubbings (Frottage):  Looking for some visual texture without the heavy feel?  This one is for you!

Skins:  Create a transfer for faces, script or 'must-be-right-side-up' necessities

Smoosh:  Press a support onto left-over paint to start a background or add a feature area.

Sponging:  Use a sponge, paper towel, fabric, etc. to create a lively background.

Stencil Burning Technique:

String Technique:  Use that roll of string for texture in your paintings.

Texture Template:  Create a texture template using drywall compound - they're great for those who are addicted to Gelli plates!

Tissue Technique:  Use archival artist tissue to start or add to your painting.

Vaseline Technique:  Get your slicker on with this fun technique.

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