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Art Techniques - C

Updated on October 14, 2016
Letter C with Crocheted Background
Letter C with Crocheted Background

Art Techniques Beginning with C

This page discusses a collection of 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.

This is Number 3 in a series of pages created to showcase art techniques beginning with the letters of the alphabet. This page focuses on techniques and backgrounds that start with the letter C.

You will find information about collage, crackle backgrounds, calligraphy, carving, caught in crystal technique, cosmos paper, Citrosolv Background technique, crayon resist, crystalline paper, crumpled chalks and possibly more. I have pictures, videos, textual how-tos, links content on other web pages and recommended shopping lists.

If you have information about a C technique that isn't included here, please leave a comment and let me know!

Photo Credit: June Campbell

Casting Made with Toilet Paper
Casting Made with Toilet Paper

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Oh, and about the picture to the right.. It's another C technique.

It is a casting made from toilet paper and a rubber stamp.

To do it, you select a rubber stamp with deep markings. Fold several squares of bathroom tissue into pieces that cover the stamp.

Squash the folded tissue into the grooves of the stamp and then spray with water until the tissue is fairly wet.

Using your fingers, squash the tissue down so excess water squeezes out.

Set aside and allow to dry.

When dry, remove from the rubber stamp. You can color or decorate this as desired, but I would suggest avoiding water based paint as this will cause the mold to disintegrate.

Do you do any of these techniques beginning with C?

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A Hand Writing Calligraphy
A Hand Writing Calligraphy | Source


A Visual Art

Calligraphy, sometimes known as "the art of fancy lettering" is a beautiful visual art. It may be used as an art form in its own right, or for enhancing other art forms, as as a way of adding visual appeal to letters, invitations, certificates, etc.

Calligraphy appears in probably every language, and requires a considerable specialized skills. Calligraphers practice their art for years, ever improving and increasing their talents. Special calligraphy inks and pens are available in Michaels and other similar establishments.

Today, much of the calligraphy we find is accomplished with computer fonts. Some say that true calligraphy is a dying art. I hope not. It is so beautiful.

An ATC with Crackle Finish

ATC with Crackle Finish
ATC with Crackle Finish

Crackle Finish on ATC Background

This ATC (artist trading card) has a crackle background. The Jack London stamp is by Tim Holtz, I think. It doesn't actually say on the stamp and I have forgotten. The ticket stub is torn in half and there is a butterfly shape made with a punch.

To do Crackle Finish, you will need crackle medium. This is found in craft stores where craft paints are sold. To use, follow the instructions on the container.

Essentially, crackle gives an aged, cracked finish to a project.

In the card shown here, I first painted the card with brown craft paint., When that was thoroughly dry, I painted over it with a layer of crackle medium. When the crackle medium was tacky, I painted over top with a layer of beige paint. When the being paid dried, the surface cracked.

A degree of experimentation is necessary with this technique. The effects you get depend on the amount of tackiness of the crackle when you applied the paint over top. Very tacky crackle gives big cracks; almost dry crackle gives small cracks.

You can also get fragile crackle, which forms hairline cracks.

Photo credit: June Campbell

Crayon Resist Technique Video - Dye inks, Glossy Paper and a White Crayon

Crayon resist is a technique in which you write or draw on glossy paper using a white crayon. Next, you apply dye inks to the surface. The crayon resists the color, so you end up with a colored paper with a white design showing. You can draw or write free hand, use a stencil or use a rubber stamp, as is shown in the video.

Artist Trading Card with Crocheted Embellishment
Artist Trading Card with Crocheted Embellishment

Crochet as a Mixed Media Art Technique

Backgrounds or Trims

Crochet is a well known needlecraft technique, as you probably know. You can use a crocheted item as your background in a mixed media project, or you can crochet small designs and embellishments for trim on your paper, metal, canvas or wood project.

In the ATC (artist trading card) in the picture, I have crocheted a small semi-circle of lace to use as a trim.

Photo credit: June Campbell

Crumpled Background Technique - Video Demo

This technique involves spraying water on cardstock, then crumpling it out. You then spread it out flat and allow to dry. At this point, you can add color through a variety of methods. In the video shown, the woman adds color through the use of Sparkle Sprays. You could use a similar product or rub with artist's chalks, or rub with inkpads or paint with any type of paint. The choice is yours. If desired, you can also iron out the paper to get a smoother finish.

I once used the crumpled background paper technique to create "geraniums." They were awesome.

The Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art
The Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art

A good overview of contemporary collage artists.



No discussion of art techniques beginning with C is complete without mention of the ever popular technique known as collage.

Collage involves using a variety of images, papers, textures and shapes to create an amazing image. Collage shows itself in cards, art journal pages, scrapbook papers, altered books, artist trading cards, tags and in almost any form of project that involves mixed media art.

The collage pictures below may interest you.

Collage Photos

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Steampunk Halloween Cat CollageAfrican  Card  CollageButterfly CollageArt Journal Page Collage -- AliceArt Journal Page -- Tai Chi CollageArt Journal Page -- Life UncommonArt Journal Page -- This is my StoryArt Journal Page -- MagickArt Journal Page -- WordsArt Journal Page -- You Say Tomato
Steampunk Halloween Cat Collage
Steampunk Halloween Cat Collage
African  Card  Collage
African Card Collage | Source
Butterfly Collage
Butterfly Collage
Art Journal Page Collage -- Alice
Art Journal Page Collage -- Alice
Art Journal Page -- Tai Chi Collage
Art Journal Page -- Tai Chi Collage
Art Journal Page -- Life Uncommon
Art Journal Page -- Life Uncommon
Art Journal Page -- This is my Story
Art Journal Page -- This is my Story
Art Journal Page -- Magick
Art Journal Page -- Magick
Art Journal Page -- Words
Art Journal Page -- Words
Art Journal Page -- You Say Tomato
Art Journal Page -- You Say Tomato
Crystalline Paper Background
Crystalline Paper Background

Crystalline Paper Background

Made with Tissue Paper and Gloss Medium

To make this lovely background paper, you use ordinary tissue paper. The kind with a rough back is best. Cut a sheet of tissue paper into a manageable size. Using a foam brush or other type of brush, coat one side with a glossy medium. I used Golden Gel Medium. List the paper and hang it over the side of a table to dry. Allow it to dry for about 30 minutes or for as long as needed.

Repeat on the other side of this paper. Dry.

Cut the paper in half. Rip one of the sheets into pieces or chunks. Arrange the pieces on top of the first piece of tissue paper and glue in place. Refer to the picture.

Use this as a background for a card, ATC, journal or other project.

Photo credit: June Campbell

Links to Other Art Techniques that Start with C

The following links will take you to an array of other art techniques that begin with the letter C. In all cases, there will be tutorials explaining how to do the technique.

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    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Lady Lorelei: Thanks. I am fond of crackle myself.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I used to craft a lot when I was younger and still pull out my supplies every now and then for a special project. I have not tried crackle but it sure gives a delightful old fashioned look to your projects. Very distinctive.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      lol, very creative way to do a page :) - I've visited a few pages that talk about Crocheting today, and if I start that I'll never get anything else done!

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      5 years ago

      some really cool C techniques here!

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks for the blessing and for thinking of me again. You are a doll.

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      7 years ago

      This is unique. I used to do Calligraphy art projects in collage, and will find my pens and ink and create something wonderful again. I'm inspired! :)


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