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Creating An Art Backdrop

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My Roughcraft Artwork, displayed in a number of this blog’s art posts–as “Roughcraft Art– Stencil-Centered”, etc.–is based in backdrop design.

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The examples, here, (ABOVE and BELOW) are made up of the same design and stencil with different versions of a border. (Also see the post “Page Borders and Backgrounds” by scrolling down the main blog.)

Displayed here is a created backdrop and stenciled horse. The post “Roughcraft Artwork–Stencil-Centered” also included a discussion of the use of geometric designs added to this backdrop Roughcraft Artwork.

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The backdrop shown here is created by using a heavy black marker to swirl continuing loops, or basic Roughcraft Artwork, onto the page after the stencil has been applied in the center. The loops are free-hand drawn, with various, random length and width.

The fun begins with the colors! In this particular design, I used white-out, markers, and colored pencils, and a little red ink for the small heart. The stenciled horse was drawn with black ink.

If you are interested in making handcrafted books that include artwork, you can easily create backdrop designs to add to your project. I call mine Roughcraft Artwork because I’m no near an accomplished artist! I just go with the flow.

For me, the writing comes naturally, and art is a fascination. I wanted to find some capable way to add artwork to my handcrafted books, so Roughcraft Artwork was born.

And, of course, there are as many ways to vary it as there are people! So go with your own flow!

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Roughcraft Artwork designs from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Roughcraft Art–Stencil Centered

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As I’ve indicated before on this blog, I am not a true drawer, or illustrator. What I do is work with what is available and make it my own. Stencils and geometric designs are a large part of my artwork, as are spirographs of all types. For my short stories, and my longer homemade books of Fiction, I love to incorporate story-related stencil- geometric- and spirograph-centered creations, which I refer to as my invented Roughcraft Art.

(BELOW): Here is an example of a stencil-centered, geometric horse:

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I scanned the art piece twice, once (ABOVE) in full page, and again (BELOW) to demonstrate more closely the technique of presenting stencil-centered objects.

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The paper material on which this drawing was done is old-style soft, light brown wrapping paper, such as was used to wrap bundles of newspapers for delivery. As a once-upon-a-time local newspaper route delivery woman, I have mounds of this wonderful paper available. It holds colors true for ages without being under glass. Markers, paint, crayons, white-out, colored pencil, and ink all work wonders on this brown paper’s surface. The latest wrapping paper used now is more harsh, and I haven’t experimented with it to date.

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Drawings scanned from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

Equine Geos

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In experimenting with my own artwork for my fiction stories, I’ve found that using simple geometrics is a good place to start.

In the artwork above, I used geometric figures over stenciled horses to complement one of my novelettes, Triple Crown Run by Smarty E. Jones, which will appear later in another of my blogs.

I enjoy using colored pencils, markers, and color, or gel, ink pens, as well as black and white drawings for my projects.

Below is another piece of handcrafted artwork which I created for “Factory Tails“, which can be read in chapters here.

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Creating my own artwork is something I like to do. It enhances my own enjoyment of the writing project at hand, and creating it is a relax mode for me as I roam the woods of wordsmithing.

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Artwork from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg