Art Techniques - B | Mixed Media Art
A-Z Art Techniques -- the Letter B
This page discusses mixed media art technique beginning with the letter B. You will find photos, descriptions, a video demonstration, links to additional techniques and a poll.
his page celebrates art techniques (including mixed media art) that begin with the letter B. Look for such fascinating techniques as beading, brayering, batik, bargello, bleach out stamping, burnished velvet and various others.
I have included pictures, step by step directions in some cases, videos, links to outside resources and examples, shopping recommendation, a poll, and plenty of room for discussion.
If you know of a "B" art technique that is not included here, please leave a comment and tell us about it.
This is the second page in a series of 26 that will cover art techniques beginning with each letter of the alphabet.
Unless otherwise stated, all photos are credited to June Campbell.
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Bargello for Paper Technique
An adaptation of a Needcraft Technique
I made these two artist trading cards (ATCs) using the Bargello technique for paper.
What it is
Traditional bargello is A needlepoint stitch that produces zigzag lines. Paper artists have adapted this style and create similar effects using paper.
How to do it
1. Cut strips of patterned paper into strips of varying widths. If desired, using more than one paper design.
2. Arrange the strips on a piece of cardstock, one beneath the other. Arrange so as to create a design.
It's easier to show this technique than to describe it.
Please refer to the video below for detailed instructions.
Bargello for Paper Video - Video Demo
This video shows how to do bargello for paper. The artist creates several different designs and uses them in card making.
Beer Can Flowers
A Mixed Media Embellishment
These metallic flowers are made from aluminum beer cans. They are actually die cuts, made from the Tim Holtz Floral dies, and cut on the Big Shot.
The Big Shot cuts through the beer cans as if they were butter. It does no damage to the Big Shot or do the dies. The edges of the flowers are not sharp, as some people think.
After cutting the flowers from the dies, I layered them, punched a hole through the middle with a paper piercer, and inserted a brad. I added some additional color with Adirondack Alcohol Inks.
Brayering or Brayered Backgrounds is a technique that involves applying inks, paints, or dies to a surface using a brayer. One or more colors can be used, and different effects can be created.
In the card shown here, the flower is rubber stamped using a watermark ink such as Versamark. The pink background is derived from a die ink that is brayered over the surface. The watermark ink resists the die, leaving the flower a white color.
This stamping technique is called "resist."
In most cases, brayered backgrounds are done on glossy paper and use die inks.
Burnished Velvet Video Demonstration
Burnished Velvet(tm) is a technique developed by two Canadian women, Haroldine Wingfield and Deanna Pannell. It involves applying one or more shades of microfine glitter to double sided sticky tape. Masking with resist paper can be done to create specific designs. When all glitter has been applied, you remove the excess, then rub gently with your fingers to burnish.
The video below demonstrates using this technique to create a simple design.
Recommended Mixed Media Book
i have taken an online course taught by Traci Bautista and I can recommend this book wholeheartedly.
Links to other "B" Art Techniques
- Black Pearl Paper Backgrounds
A lovely background made from paper, paint and other goodies.
- Splitcoaststampers - Stamping with Bleach Technique Tutorial by Beate Johns
Use household bleach to stamp images on colored card stock.. This page has numerous pictures and a video tutorial.
- Bleached Out Images Technique Tutorial for Embossing by Beate Johns
Somewhat different from Bleach Stamping, Bleached Out Stamping involves using household bleach on certain areas of a stamped image or embossed background to create special effects.
- Brayered Pearl Backgrounds
This technique uses Perfect Pearls or Pearlex Powders along with brayered inks to create beautiful background.
- Bubble Wrap Backgrounds
How to use bubble wrap, a brayer and reinkers to create unusual and lovely backgrounds.
- Brayered Bands Background
Twist rubber bands around a brayer then apply watermark ink. This technique makes a lovely background.
- Art Techniques Beginnign with the Letter A
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- Art Techniques Beginning with the Letter C
This page discusses art techniques that begin with the letter C, including crackle, crochet, collage and many more. There are photos, descriptions, videos and links to other mixed media techniques.
- Art Techniques Starting with the Letter D
This page discusses mixed media art techniques that begin with the alphabet letter D. Pictures and links are included.
- Art Techniques | Beginning with the Letter E
This pages lists and describes an array of art and craft techniques that begin with the letter E. Read, view pictures, watch a video demonstration, visit related links on the web and vote in a poll.
Pictures of Mixed Media Art Starting With BClick thumbnail to view full-size
Do you know a great art technique starting with B? Please let us know. If you don't know one, leave a comment anyway, okay?
© 2011 June Campbell