Over the years, I’ve been fortunate for the ability to test, review and play with a wide variety of Exaclair products, including this “Verge de France” laid finish card stock.
While I’m guessing these cards are typically used for invitations and the like, I’ve recently been drawing on them with colored pencils and I really like them for two reasons: the first is how the laid lines add texture to the piece. Secondly, I simply like using the color of the card stock as the background color.
(The technique of painting over top of a colored “ground” or background, is known as “Imprimatura” – Italian for “first layer or more commonly, an underpainting.)
Open stock G-Lalo stationery like this, and other hard to find Exaclair items can be purchases from Paper Bistro, Exaclair’s e-commerce site for consumers. (Some items may be limited to stock on hand)
Many people will add background color to the pages of their journals because it makes it fun to write or sketch in them. Not up for writing or drawing today? Just make backgrounds!
This is one of the early Webnotebooks which had the Rhodia name printed in the lower right corner of each page. For the background, I used fountain pen inks applied with a sponge brush and then drew over top of them with a white gel ink pen. (Here’s a few more pieces with inky backgrounds)
This is also a Webnotebook, and for the black background, I covered the page with acrylic black gesso, then drew on it with a white gel pen. (Black gesso in my journals led me to paint almost exclusively over a black background. Examples can be found here.)
In this smaller Webbie, I used PanPastels to create this colored background. Marker and I believe, colored pencil was added over top.
Need more inspiration for creating colored backgrounds in your journals or art journals?