This week my posting is not a specific to altered books technique so much as an enthusiastic endorsement of a favorite product.....one you might not be aware of....and one I think you'll love to have.
The full name: Portfolio Water Soluble Oil Pastels.
This page (from the post on cutting doors and windows) was done with my Portfolios:
You can create a rich background by applying a thick layer of color directly to the paper:
Then blend it in with a paper towel. You'll get a different effect if you use a dry towel or a slightly damp towel. Try both.
You can blend two colors together right on the page. You can even paint with the Portfolios. Just rub some color onto your palette or palette paper, and pick it up with a wet paint brush. There are so many great techniques to try.....and the directions for all are right on the box!
One of my favorites, involves dipping the pastel directly into water.
This produces a very intense color on the page.
You can leave it as is, or soften and blend it in somewhat with your fingers or a paper towel. You can also add water by spraying it right onto the colored area and then blending.
Before blending you can add texture by scratching some of the color away with a texture tool, wire brush, or any pointy tool.
I know you already have a lot of ways to add color to your pages.....paint, glazes, inks, various sprays, papers, mica powders.....so you may be wondering, do I really need these? Well, need is a strong word, so I suppose the answer is no. But will you love and use them if you have them? Oh, I think so, and I wouldn't be suggesting you spend some money on something unless I thought it was something you'd really enjoy.