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Make Your Own Decorative Paper
Crystalline paper is lovely to use in collage art. Tissue paper painted with fluid gloss medium becomes tough and translucent with this fun technique.
The process for making Gessoed Paper is similar to crystalline; however, in this technique you drench the tissue in fluid gesso. When dry, this paper is opaque, lightweight, yet strong and leathery.
Try using crayons and a watercolor or acrylic wash to create some nice Crayon resist background papers.
Using modeling paste, iridescent white paint, and glitter, you can make some beautiful Background Sparkle for your art.
Use the same basic technique from Background Sparkle paper to create dark Glitter Backgrounds.
Try using Bubble Wrap Art to make interesting patterns on your decorative paper.
Stucco medium and patching mesh from the hardware store blend together to create the highly textured Stucco and Mesh Background Paper.
Another shimmering surface is created using modeling paste for Silver Backgrounds.
Create interesting patterms and stencils for your background papers with Paper Doilies.
Salt Watercolor can be easily created for decorative paper using water based paints and regular table salt. Try kosher salt for an even more dramatic effect.
Take your paper and paint it, squish it, wring it and dry to create beautiful Wrinkled Paper for your backgrounds.
Arts and Crafts Ideas
Here's an easy way to get a precise tear when using Decorative Paper Napkins in your collage art and altered books.
Looking for a virtually fool-proof image transfer method? Try an Image Transfer using Contact Paper or packing tape.
Tired of using commercially produced rubber stamps in your art? Make a String Stamp and you'll have a tool for making your own one-of-a-kind String Stamp Background Paper.
When you're ready to create found poetry in your altered books, you'll want to read this selection of tips for using a Masquepen to block out text.
You'll be pleasantly surprised at all the items around your house that you can use to make wonderful printed paper. Look at this list of ideas and then fill up a Texture Box of your very own.
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