Black paper is attractive. But applying color is not always easy. Copic (alcohol ink) markers don’t show up. Watercolors aren’t ideal. You have gel pens, acrylic ink, or colored pencils. Twinkling H20s work, too. Still, not a lot of choice.
Today, while I was at a big box home repair/supply store, I found a can of spray paint. Except it was really not paint. It was Krylon webbing paint. Spray it on hard surfaces for a faux marble approach. I have no idea how you are really supposed to use it, because I used it on black paper. And it gives a lot of different effects.
If you are going to try this, protect the area you are going to spray. This can will “decorate” your walls, floors, and mirrors.
First, I sprayed it quickly across the black page, which is about 6.5 inches by 11 inches, bound on the short side.
Next, I sprayed more slowly, but aiming above the paper, so the paint drifted down. The interesting effect of the paint on the bottom row was a mix of an erratic ECG and a map of an ant exploring a tunnel. Still, really interesting.
Finally, I used gel pens to fill in the tiny gaps with color. Just a few, for effect. Then, because this one looked like a map, I added asemic writing on the left, and a map helper on the right.
This technique is worth exploring more. I hope you do, too.
–-Quinn McDonald is a writer and writing teacher, creativity coach and artist who loves mixing words and art.