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« on: May 06, 2008 05:39:13 AM »

hi everyone,

here is a card that i made for my brother's friend's 21st birthday:

sorry, the scan doesn't really show the paint texture.
anyway, the patterned paper, i made my self, so here's a mini tutorial on
how to do it.

paper (preferably watercolour paper, or some other fairly thick paper)
acrylic paints
dishwashing liquid/detergent
spray bottle
cling wrap/glad wrap/plastic food wrap (not sure what it's called in the
US, we call it glad wrap in australia)

select a few colours of acrylic paint (or you could just use one,
whatever you like). here, i used gold and silver. dilute them with some
water until they're a bit runny and then add some dishwashing liquid.
don't worry if it goes a little bubbly - this helps create the pattern.

using a sponge or a brush, paint onto the paper in any kind of pattern
you like (i just did random blobs). then, lightly spray over the whole
sheet with water using the spray bottle. then, tear off a sheet of
plastic food wrap that is maybe 1.5 times the size of the sheet of paper.
gently place over the painted paper, then wrinkle it up. try to wrinkle
it evenly (if that makes sense) otherwise you will end up with a really
small pattern in the middle and not much else on the edges.

wait until the paint has almost dried, then peel the plastic wrap off.
then leave to dry completely. done!! Cheesy

i made a whole bunch of papers like this in a range of different colour
combinations. the gold and silver on black paper worked out really well i
think. also, it is best to use watercolour paper, if you can (even though
it tends to be more expensive) as thinner paper will buckle due to the
amount of water in the paint and that you spray onto it. if you can't
find watercolour paper or it's too expensive, you can try flattening the
paper under some phone books or ironing it out (between sheets of
butcher's paper, so you don't get paint all over the iron).

hopefully you find this helpful Cheesy


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Swapping info: http://la--estrella.blogspot.com/2008/06/swapping-info.html

I'm up for personal postcard swaps - my handmade postcards (any theme) for your handmade or arty (store bought) postcards - PM
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2008 06:20:24 AM »

Very cool! Thanks for the mini-tut!  This is an inexpensive way to get a great look with tools we most likely have on hand.  Awesome!

this rocks!
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2008 06:55:51 AM »

very cool...sometimes making cards for guys can be hard but that's pretty freaking awesome.

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