How to Print with Paper Doilies


How to Print with Paper Doilies

Paper Doilies

You can make some lovely background papers using paper doilies as prints. Using inks as an over-dye gives a really nice effect. The top picture below has been over-dyed with Pearlescent ink, which is what gives it that shimmery look.

Ingredients

  • acrylic paints
  • F & W Acrylic Artists’ Ink
  • Daler-Rowney Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic Ink
  • Paper Lace doily – make sure it’s one with an open weave to let lots of color through
  • sketch paper

Paper Doilies ~ Karen's Whimsy

Paper Doilies ~ Karen's Whimsy

Process

  1. Place the paper doily on top of the sketch paper.
  2. Using a soft brush, paint acrylic paints over the doily. If you use a gentle hand, you can reuse the doily several times. It will actually get a bit sturdier as layers of acrylic paint are added to it. Let your print dry. You can use the paper as is, or continue to the next step to over-dye it.
  3. The picture on the bottom was over-dyed with gold F & W ink. The one on the top was done using Pearlescent pink. I poured a little bit of ink onto a palette and brushed it over the printed paper. You can thin the inks with water for more subtle colors.
  4. Let dry.

If you feel like exploring more ideas for decorating paper to use in your art work, you might want to take a look at Ruth Issett’s book, Color on Paper and Fabric. I found the sumptuous colors and amazing photographs to be very inspiring.


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