I love to paint, but I'm not skilled enough to draw or paint my own designs. By using a photograph from a magazine as a base for my piece, I was able to achieve a hand-painted look for my altered trading card.
Step One: Cover the ATC base with multi-medium and add the magazine photo. Once dry, trim any overhanging edges.
Step Two: Mix up a solution of gesso and water and paint over the image. Note: Test the gesso solution on a scrap piece of magazine print to be sure that the solution is not so thick that it completely covers the image.
Step Three: Once the gesso has dried, outline the image with a marker. Note: These lines will be a guide for painting and can be as simple or detailed as you like.
Step Four: Paint the image. Add embellishments and text to finish.
Supplies ATC Base: Ranger; Letter Stickers: Cosmo Cricket; Rub-On: 7 Gypsies; Paint: Creative Inspirations Paint; Gesso: Delta; Multi-Medium: Ranger; Pen: Zig; Other: Magazine photo