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Creating An Art Backdrop


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


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.


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!

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

Your Thoughts and Story Ideas



One should always keep some kind of notebook if writing aspirations dwell within!

Sometimes the smallest thought can blossom into an idea for a wonderful story. And your thoughts on a daily basis should be recorded in a notebook that is private only to you. Within those pages come inspiration to fire aspirations!

Here are some of my little gems that have come along over the years as mere thoughts evoked from within a creative brain. They were written down in my special “Writer’s Notebook”.

No. 1 = “Without a dream, there is no story; nothing to tell.” (BAH)

No. 2 = “Surviving: Always, the biggest trial in life is life. You smile and give it away, and it comes back to you, one hundred-fold, and life is yours!” (BAH)

No. 3 = “If we all would stop to think about the tracks we will leave behind, before going forward, there would be less derailments in life.” (BAH)

No. 4 = “Writing is in the blood, and it seldom leaves the writer lonely. It does often inspire a desire to connect with others of a like nature, even as the passion to fill pages consumes.” (BAH)

No. 5 = “Stray thoughts lead to deep, wandering trails.” (BAH)

Is it really any wonder that birds inspired man to seek flight?

Is it really any wonder that birds inspired man to seek flight?

Observe your world, write your thoughts, create your stories!

See also http://www.batpublishingstories.wordpress.com


Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg