Pick out a background paper you would
like to cover your ATC or 4x4, cut out a piece at least 1.2 inch
larger than your ATC or 4x4 canvas.
For this piece I choose a piece of
old sheet music. Once you have the background
cut position it over the top of the ATC or 4x4, once you have the
position you want press with your fingers to create a fold as a
guide. As you can see on this one I wanted the music at an angle
with the "Billy Boy" at the top. I have enhanced the fold
lines with a pencil to make them more vi sable in the scan.
Next cover the smooth side of your
matt board (the back) or heavy card stock with rubber cement as
well as the back area of your background paper inside the fold marks
you made. Be sure to get an even coat of glue all the way to the
edges on the matt board or card stock and go a bit beyond the fold
line on the background paper to ensure the entire piece is covered.
Press firmly into place and allow the glue to dry for a few minutes.
A Brayer works well for making sure that all areas of the background
paper and ATC or 4x4 have a firm contact.
Once the rubber cement has dried clip the corners
as shown above.
Now using Tacky Glue spread evenly
over the entire flap and edge of the ATC or 4x4 glue the flap down
on the back. You will need to press them firmly and hold for 30
seconds or so to get a good adhesion. As you can see its a bit tricky
to get that cut angle perfect - good news - as you will see later
it doesn't matter. Because we are going to cover the back as well.
NOTE: You may want
to wait to do this step until you have finished the front of your
piece. If you are like me you really don't know what other backgrounds,
fibers, etc. you may decide to use and adding the back cover as
a last step covers all the bits that you have wrapped around to
the back and gives your art a nice professional finished look.
Once you have found the paper you want
to use to cover the back, take a 4x4 or ATC blank and trace around
it on the back of the paper. As shown above-cut about 1/16 inch
inside this line so that it doesn't go beyond the edge and show
from the front of the piece. The picture below shows a 4x4 with
a back paper glued in place.
The piece below is an example of a
4x4 Asian collage I did on matt board that I covered with handmade
paper and origami paper in 2 pieces. I then mounted the piece on
a 5x5 Masonite Art Board that
I had covered with Japanese Book Cloth. The Asian Goddess face fragment
is polymer clay dusted with mica powder. The mold for this is available
Cards and Gifts.
Hope this adds to your techniques for
making great art...remember they are always easier to do than describe.
Products used in this technique that are carried
on this website are linked to the pages where they are sold.
Find out about New Techniques, New Artwork and Products
check out the
Bmuse Online Forum and Message Board
Products and Shopping Directory Page • Projects,
Techniques & Tips • Galleries
• Art Swaps & Contests •
Message Board • Bmuse
Retail Locations • Bmuse Zine