Sunday, October 19, 2008

Gothic Arch Patchwork Paper Background



I am so lucky to be hosting the Gothic Arch challenge site again this week. I have known Nancy for a few years and can honestly say her work has been an inspiration to me. The theme for Gothic Arch I have chosen is patchwork paper background. This technique was originally introduced to me in an article by Kelly Rae Roberts in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. Kelly has a great book that just came out describing the collage techniques that she uses in her art work called Taking Flight.




In this arch I used several different printed scrapbook papers cut in shapes to form the patchwork background. I glued them down with a PVA glue. After the papers dry, I paint on in a very thin layer several colors of Golden's Acyrlic Paint. Almost immediately, I use a wet sponge to remove parts of the paint revealing the paper below. I keep doing this until I achieve the look I want. After this dries I add my stamped images. I hope you enjoy making your patchwork background. I have included the image I used below.

29 comments:

Femmy said...

beautiful arch!!!!

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow this is awesome.
Lovely arch.

Moira said...

very beautiful, and a great teachnique

herminesplace said...

Gorgeous ach.

Kersten said...

Gorgeous arch and what an engaging technique. Even knowing what papers you select still won't allow you to predict how awesome the final result is. :) Your arch is very inspiring.

vintage wil said...

beautiful arch!!!

Lynifyni said...

Cora, your work is just beautiful!
Lynn F.

Ginger said...

Love the tutorial on this arch it awesome! Im going to try to make another one today using your technique thank you for sharing it with us.
hugs ginger

Tami Bayer said...

What a gorgeous ach and such a fun technique. I love the idea of this and adding paint is a great way to blend them together. thanks for hosting this week.

http://truutske.punt.nl said...

Whow...what a very great technique and what a gorgeous card. Klasse!!!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Beautiful arch!! Great patchwork!

Willy said...

Wonderful arch, Cora! Great theme!

Rosie said...

I think your arch is absolutely gorgeous - what a sweet image! I looked for him when I saw your Saturday freebies and got distracted for the longest time - thanks for sharing your collection!
I love the description of this technique and had fun with it creating my arch. A pleasure to 'meet' you Cora!

Nancy Maxwell James said...

Cora
Thank you so much for playing hostess this week! Your arch is just amazing as is the technique! I hope you are having a Happy October!

purplepaint said...

Cora - I love this theme! I had a blast with it! I love your arch! Your little man is adorable! :) Marva

Faye said...

Such a fun technique!!! Love your arch, Cora.

Judy said...

Great arch, Cora! Thanks for the theme, one of my favourites and fun to create!
JudyNZ

Craftyideas said...

Gorgeous arch -I love the colours and great technique

Jan said...

Thank You for a wonderful technique, your colours that you've chosen for your arch are so rich and warm,all the patchwork papers meld so well together. You have just insprired me to make another arch and finish up some other projects that I've had a major brain freeze with. LOL Thank You!

Kreativgeschwafel said...

what a wonderful arch!

RubyMay said...

Your arch is awesome Cora ! Thanks for the challenge....it was lovely to try something new x

Shelly Hickox said...

I love this! I tried the same technique but didn't have such beautiful results. I'll keep tryiing tho!

LaY hOoN said...

Awesome !!
It's such a lovely techniques. Love it.

Chriss Rollins said...

thank you for a wonderful challenge ..i really enjoyed it.
loving your image and arch
chriss x

crissi said...

beautiful Arch cora Thanks for the great challenge i enjoyed doing it.

crissi

Dawne said...

fab technique lovely arch xx

Virginia said...

Wonderful theme and amazing arch.Thank You for the challenge..

Kati said...

what a great artwork -

stamp and scrape said...

Lovely to see one of my favourite images used here. What an ispirational arch and challenge. Thanks Cora.
Ros