Hey Everyone, it’s me, Nicole 🙂
When you think of making paper usually a blender, pulp and a mess from here to Halifax comes to mind. This approach skips over all that unpleasantness and gets right to the fun part. If you can rip, cut and glue then you can do this. To start you’ll need a roll of paper towels and some dying supplies.
I have Glimmer Mist on hand as well as Re-inkers and Mini- Misters, but this would work just as well with bowls of food-colored water. Spray the ink onto your paper towels; I do this in the sink and then use paper towels to swipe the sink clean producing a neat tie-dye effect. Let them dry completely. When you are done you should have something like this:
Grab your Paper Napkin Art Kit and select a few napkins that would look nice with your dyed paper towels. Most napkins are two-ply so you need to separate them before using.
Mix One Part White Glue with Four Parts Water in a plastic cup.
Stir to mix and then brush glue solution over a sheet of Freezer Paper cut to the size you’d like your finished paper to be.
Separate the layers of dyed paper towel, cut or rip into strips and apply to freezer paper.
Continuing adding paper towel and napkin pieces in a pleasing arrangement. Overlap a little so your paper won’t have holes.
Here’s the finished product, I added printed tissue paper found in my Wholey Sheet Mixed Media Kit (script), napkins ( polka dots and flourishes) and paper towel (solid parts).
You can cut out flowers, imbedding their image, following the same process:
Allow to dry thoroughly, overnight is best, and peel off the freezer paper. The back side will be shiny from the glue – it looks pretty cool too.
These papers are translucent enough that they are easy to trace through and would look marvelous in a window project. Here is one using dress-making pattern paper (my Gauche Alchemy parcel came wrapped in it) and the others showing how the light spills through:
Wondering what to do with it?
I liked the look of the paper so much I added an image to the open, lighter areas using the gel medium transparency transfer method and made an art piece.
1. Take a piece of wood and cover it with Mod Podge.
2. Apply paper to gluey surface.
3. Ease paper around the edges of the wood, glueing as you go.
4. Make nice corners – gift wrap style is easiest for me, but Dowhatchalike 🙂
5. Seal it down with a spoon, brayer or bone folder.
6. The back should look something like this. I decided glue is easier than scissors and trimming.
7. Add textural and visual interest with embellishments, use Mod Podge to attach them. In this case, this cranberry ribbon was wrapped around my Gauche Alchemy parcel – lucky me!
8. Fill solid areas with dots using Punchinella as a stencil, stamping through it. Also darken and distress edges with charcoal or chestnut ink.
Thanks for sticking with this tutorial to the end. You’ll be seeing the lovely lady from my art piece again in a few days as the Gauche Alchemists have a terrific surprise for you.
If you are wondering what to do with all your excess dyed paper towels, please stop by my blog where I’ve posted a paper towel flowers wreath tutorial.