Monday, July 22, 2013

Making Designer Paper Tutorial

Hello, Friends.  Today I am in the studio making designer paper for a fall-themed card.  Because I have had requests about how it is done, I decided to upload a photo and the steps.  Warning:  This technique become addicting and you will soon have ALL your paints out and will be dabbing non-stop.  Don't say I didn't warn you!

Here is my easy-peasy process: 
1.  Assemble watercolor paper or heavy card stock and all the paint colors you want to use and lay out some newspaper.  Your paints can be matte, gloss, semi-gloss, craft or big cans of acrylic, metallics and glitter paints as well.  Find your oldest brushes with the stiffest bristles. 
2.   Apply just a bit of the base color onto your paper using very little paint and leaving white spaces (paper on the left).   Allow this first coat to dry or use a hair dryer to speed up the process.   
3.   Dip your stiffest paint brush into the next color and pounce it around on the paper.  
Continue with all your colors and finish with your metallic paints.  It is not necessary to dry your paint between each color because you will get some interesting results when colors overlap or blend or mix.  

Troubleshooting:  There are no mistake in this process so you become an expert the very first time you try this process.  Too dark?  Add a lighter color.  Too light?  Add a darker color.  If you don't have paint brushes, cut up a car washing sponge and sponge on each color.

So whenever you can't find the perfect blend of colors for your image, head to your paint stash and create your own!

1 comment:

Gail said...

This is a great tutorial - paint, paint - I have no paint - oh wait - I have watercolors - I could use that paint! Thanks for the tutorial Kren -it is a wonderful tutorial! Enjoy your day!