Ready To Hope ATC Tutorial - SNR Magazine

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.

Magazine Photo
ATC base

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


  1. My word Dana thats amazing to watch well done fab work Hugs Elaine

  2. How clever! Love the outcome! Thanks for visiting my blog!


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