by Mischelle Smith
I love designing with a master board so when I heard the May theme was ‘M’ ~ I knew immediately what I wanted to create! A master board is a self-made, mixed media patterned paper that the artist creates herself. After creating the master board you use the pieces to make ATC’s, cards, journal pages, mini albums … whatever you imagine. A master board is a great way to utilize your products in an unconventional way like I did with Imagine’s irRESISTibles. These transparent potions create dreamy backgrounds while layering beautifully with other colors and mediums. Master boards are fun and easy to make and design so give one a try and see what you create!
Time: 1-2 hours + dry time
Start by adding Rose Bud irRESISTible to white cardstock. Use a palette knife, brush or your fingers to distribute the color as you like. Let dry.
Add Lilac Posies irRESISTible. Use a palette knife, brush or fingers to distribute.
Gently pour Lilac Posies onto paper. Stand paper up and let irRESISTible create drips.
Gently pour Rose Bud irRESISTible on paper allowing it to run and create drips. Let dry.
Pour a small amount of Bahama Blue Fireworks into a palette. Mix with the same amount of water as poured. Apply to paper with a brush. Let the mixture create drips in some areas. Let dry completely.
Seal the paper with Mod Podge or clear gesso. Let dry. With White VersaColor, stamp the starburst image randomly around the paper.
With Bahama Blue Memento Luxe – stamp the branch image randomly around the paper. Heat set stamped images with a heat tool.
With Pale Aqua and Burgundy Fabrico Marker – make doodle designs on paper. Heat set Fabrico Marker doodles.
Spatter Wedding Dress irRESISTible onto the page using the thin plastic tube inside the bottle. Let dry. Seal the paper with Mod Podge or clear gesso. Let dry.
Doodle on pages with Tuxedo Black Memento Marker. Let sit for a few moments. The longer you let this set – the darker the color will be. Use a baby wipe to remove black marker from the page. A ‘shadow’ of the doodles will remain on the page.
Create masks to paint around with hand cut cardstock shapes.
Paint around masks with acrylic paint. Use a paint brush or your fingers (I used my fingers).
Apply paint as shown. Let the paper dry completely.
Use Pitt pens, Sharpie markers and/or Memento markers to complete images by doodling on them.
Now you can cut your master board into any size and shape you need! I used my white master board as four card fronts.
After you make your own master board, you will certainly find your mind spinning with all the different ways to use these coordinating pieces.
- irRESISTibles – Rose Bud, Lilac Posies, Wedding Dress
- VersaColor inkpad – White
- Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – Bahama Blue
- Memento Marker – Tuxedo Black
- Memento Luxe Inkpad – Bahama Blue
- Memento Dew Drop – Dandelion Yellow
- Fabrico Marker – Pale Aqua & Burgundy
- On Point Glue
- Palette Knife
- CTMH – One of A Kind Stamp Set
- Baby wipes
- Lawn Fawn – Hello Die Cut
- Pitt Pen – white, black, black bold and medium
- Acrylic paint – white, apple green
- Cardstock – white, black
- Paint brush
- Old rags
- Die cut machine
- Paper trimmer
- Heat tool
- Chalk marker
- Card bases
- Washi tape
- Foam tape
3 thoughts on “Learn How to Make A Master Board”
That is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your process!
Thank you, Kathy! These are so much fun to make and the use of Imagine products really takes them to a whole new level!
I thought that the idea of a Master Board was that you make some spectacular master boards that you copy and use the copies for your art works.