Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tutorial - Painting paper


My favorite paper...love the swirl in the middle...looks quite rusty!

It just occurred to me that this could just as easily be done on fabric...i would tape the fabric down first though!!

I was teaching a class and wanted to have some dark paper available for collaging for the students...so i decided to whip some up.

Here's how i did it! I used regular cheap printer paper..what did we use for paper before we had printers and a pack of paper in the drawer?


I squirted some Golden Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold across one edge of the paper.


Then I scraped it across the paper with a credit card, making big smears of color. Hard to beat that Quin Nickel Azo for beautiful color!


Next I added Micaceous Iron Oxide to it...


Then I added some Irisdescent Silver over it.



Another combination is with Quin Nickel Azo Gold first again. The second layer was Raw Umber.



And then i added a layer of Irisdescent Silver.

Next I flicked water with my fingers across the paper and let it sit for a few minutes. Then i scraped it again to get these delicious patterns of drops and swirls allowing the layers of colors to shine through.

And the following is what i got...


Quin Azo - Micaceous Iron Oxide - Silver


Quin Azo - Raw Umber - Silver



Raw Umber - Silver

One last note...be sure you only have one piece of paper at a time...otherwise you have a stack of messed up paper..ask me how i know. This can also be done on delisheets...and i hope to try it soon on fabric..think it will be delish!


6 comments:

Linda Teddlie Minton said...

Maggie, I love this! Makes me itch to drag out my paints ... and I never would have thought of using printer paper ... great idea!

Linda Teddlie Minton said...

Oh, and I LOVE your new blog header!

Cedar Ridge Studio said...

Thanks for showing us how you did it.
I love the paper and will try this myself.

Gloria said...

Thanks for the tut! Looks great and using regular paper is a great $ saving idea too. I want to make some myself now and also a great project that my young grandsons will enjoy doing with me. Your header photo is stunning, btw. When I opened your blog, I gazed at it so long, I forgot why I was here.

Gisela Towner said...

That is so cool! I have mounted canvases with some abandoned paintings that I'm going to try this on.
Danial Smith paints (right?)are so wonderful and you're doing wonderful things with them!

Wen Redmond said...

Very cool! I love doing this too. Another thing to do is to smash another piece of paper( or fabric) on top and pull off a print. This is handy too if you have too much paint!