Distressed paper using household items Part 3
This is the last section of this 3 part tutorial on distressing papers.
This section lightly covers other techniques that may be of interest to you for your art projects.
This next image is of an already stained and dried envelope. I have a
bottle of olive oil and a paper towel that I have soaked in oil and this
is now an ink pad for my rubber stamp.
Using the rubber stamp, I have stamped a pattern with the oil into the paper envelope. This will soak in and leave a translucent mark on the paper. Be sure to leave your item somewhere to sit while it soaks in thoroughly. I like to leave it over night.
Be sure to clean your stamps well after using the oil. An alternative to the cooking oil would be to use essential oils for a lovely stamped fragrance.
Same rubber stamp with a new napkin and some bleach as the ink.
I used some black card stock and stamped the pattern into the paper.
While it is wet, nothing changes much, but as it starts to dry, you will
see the bleached out pattern showing through.
Working with full strength bleach does require some caution, and be sure to work wearing old clothes.
Try spritzing paper with spray bleach products for a cool speckled effect.
(sorry nothing shown as I didn't have any on hand)
This next piece, I drizzled the rest of the bleach onto one page and
then pressed another paper into the first to absorb the excess.
You can create some interesting patterns and effects by experimenting
If you are a crafter of many mediums, like me you probably have bottles
of acrylic paints almost going dry. When the bottles are reaching the
end, and I know that they will most likely dry up before I use them, I
will add either some paint extender or water to make a liquid color
stain. This is great as a wash over a project or as an entire color wipe
on text paper.
Gold or any metallic paint colors are great to use as a wash over your
project. I used a goldtone mixed with water and brushed over this coffee
stained envelope. Tho you can't see it in the image, the envelope has a
really nice fleck of gold all over it.
At this stage I am pretty much ready to clean up my table top so now anything goes.
I stained this paper with black first and then brushed some copper metallic paint mixed with water over top.
Remember the bleached card stock paper, well it wasn't spared from the copper paint either
Nor was the paper towel spared
In fact I spread it out and dumped everything I had left on to it and sopped it all up!
Here are a couple of the paper towels spread flat and drying, the colors are gorgeous, I can't wait to use them and yes, the pink one is my most favorite piece made today! But that black and copper stained pieces is growing on me too! LOL who knows!
This last paper towel took on the most stress as I used it to wipe and
stain other projects, I will leave it as it is and use it once it is
stiffened for dimensional collage.
This is also an example of why I like 2 ply thicker paper towels best. 2
ply towels can be pulled apart when completely dry for twice the paper!
This concludes the 3 parts of Distressing paper. I hope you will find this tutorial useful for you art projects.
This is part 3 of 3 staining and distressing.
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is where I will display images of the finished, completely dried and
further enhanced distressed paper pieces of the items I created in this