Airbrushed Gradients

I dug out my airbrush recently and had at it. I was trying to create gradients to use for skies. Easier said than done. More practice is needed, but here are these.

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Checkerboards

I paint a lot of checkerboards. I think they are a little more interesting with some kind of irregular pattern over them.

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These were made by staining some rough paper with a blue wash, painting in the checkerboard in orange watercolor, then I dipped a bolt in watered down black ink, and rolled it around on top.

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Safety Envelopes

I love safety envelopes. They come in such great patterns, and I have quite a collection, which is not something I should admit to many people. Here are a few that I have manipulated in some way.

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This one was enlarged multiple times by Xerox:

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Grungy textured paper

I wanted to create some paper that could be used as collage material for mountains. I crunched up paper then did some rubbing over concrete with white pastel chalk.

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Variations on a theme

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Some Backgrounds in Green

If you throw a bunch of Chinese fortune-cookie fortunes onto a Xerox machine, then airbrush the copy with a mixture of ink, paint and rubbing alcohol, then crumple the paper, then flatten it out, you end up with something like this below:

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