Create a faux petroglyph mimicking carved lava rock with a few simple tools: The July 2001 Polynesian stencil, watercolor paper, and a ball stylus.
This technique is the result of a happy accident. It came about while brainstorming card ideas for the NBUS (never before used stuff) Challenge on the Forum. This month, Pam challenged us to make artwork with any unused stamp or stencil with a "sea" theme.
Originally my idea was to ink the raised (debossed) edges of the watercolor paper. It did not come out as I had envisioned, so I flipped the paper over and inked the embossed side instead. I was thrilled with the result! The mottled texture of the watercolor paper and the image of the fish looks so authentic.
Faux Petroglyph Technique Tutorial
1. Place the stencil onto a piece of watercolor paper.
2. Trace the fish onto the paper through the stencil with a ball stylus and firm pressure. Note: Work on a craft sheet with a spongy non-skid (grip net) pad beneath which allows the paper to give under the firm pressure of the stylus tool. (A sheet of fun foam would also do the trick.)
3. Rub Permanent Jet Black Ink pad over the embossed surface with a direct to paper technique.
Attach the faux petroglyph art to a layout as an embellishment.
Have you ever seen petroglyphs in person? I was lucky enough to see them on my honeymoon to the Big Island of Hawaii in 2004. They are a fascinating glimpse into our past.