The Bargello technique allows you to make a page background with strips of paper folded in half and layered diagonally in one direction on the top of the page and in the other direction on the bottom of the page.
Cath suggests making a bargello "her way" in order to avoid any unnecessary layers.
- Assorted (but matching) colored paper
- White paper
- Paper pencil
- Utility knife
- Cutting board
- Draw a line about 1/3 down the white paper.
- Draw a diagonal line, starting at the top left corner and stopping at the horizontal line.
- Draw a 2nd diagonal line, starting from the bottom left corner and stopping at the horizontal line.
- Cut the colored paper into strips that are 1.5 cm (5/8 inch) wide.
- Glue the 1st strip along the upper diagonal line.
- Glue the remaining strips side by side, alternating solid and patterned strips to create a visual balance.
NB: Don't worry about making the edges along the horizontal line look neat, because they'll be hidden behind another strip of paper.
- Cut off the ends of the paper strips that overlap the edge of the white paper.
- When the entire top section is filled with strips, do the same thing with the bottom section.
- Hide the horizontal line where the edges meet with a strip of paper, either solid or patterned.