(Due to the caustic nature of this chemical, the
faithful and courageous are STRONGLY warned of the hazards!
Suggested safety materials include - but are not
limited to - latex gloves, a work apron, and eye
protection. Remember to take care, to look out
for those around you and their property, and be
cognizant of applicable environmental concerns in
your area when disposing of spent chemical.)
On white paper, the transparent media we often
use can give us beautiful, vibrant color. On
black paper, transparent media are useless as
they would disappear into the background. We
either have to use media that is opaque (it
covers up what is underneath) to even show up
against the black, or we have to remove the black
coloring of the paper in order to re-stain these
now lighter areas with our dyes and pigments.
Although the general mathematical relationship
between 1) dark objects against a light
background, and 2) light objects against a dark
background might be the same in a comparison
between two examples, as human beings we have a
tendency to be more affected by a the latter.
Light things seem to come forward out of the dark
better than dark things do out of light. Hence,
the popularity of the "velvet
Elvis"...but we'll not go there.
We can take out much of the black of black paper
with bleach. It will probably not turn white -
and some papers may not bleach at all! - but we
could probably end up with an area much, much
lighter than the original paper and, hence, more
receptive to our colored stainings. Once we have
re-introduced color into these lighter area, a
white detailed print can be re-positioned over
this image to make it virtually JUMP off the page
And since the white inks and paints that we use
in this craft are usually water-based, the
moisture in them will re-constitute the
dyes/paints that we use to color in our main
image. This means that what once was white ink
that we put on our image will, in all
probability, take on the color of the dye
underneath. the white will become a pale, opaque
version of the base color beneath it.
We can then continue to add highlights as needed.
Since stamps are just guidelines (I think I've
said this before), these accents or highlights
can be added by hand using a broad range of
media: things like colored pencils, office
correction fluid, other paints or inks and/or
markers, etc. All we need to do is pay attention
to a few issues of opacity and/or transparency.
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