What you need is an old credit card, some acrylic paint, a spray bottle of water, and recycled paper. Then you scrape paint your paper with one coat of colour and spray it with some water. When you scrape away the water after a few seconds you will create the coolest pattern ever! I really like the look of it. Then repeat as many times as you want, for a layered look.
I have sprayed water before but then only blotting it away with paper towels. Scraping with a credit card makes the whole process easier and more fun.
I like to paint my own decorative papers. These are going to be made into a book soon.
Using a card and a spray bottle of water together was inspired by and found in a this painting tutorial that Jessica (of Paint. paper. play. blog) linked me to in the comments. You should try it too, it was fun!
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Gorgeous one, Hanna ! Love that softened texture.
Thanks as always for the inspiration !
This looks so cool! Gotta try it when I get back home after work.
What a lovely effect- I’ll have to give it a try.
Love bright colors you’re using. Thank you for links.
oh, i like this idea!
Going to try it!
What a great idea. I like your results a lot. I’ll have to try this soon. Thanks!
This is so not working for me! I love the look of yours, but when I scrape after spraying my paint just scrapes away. Do you have any idea what I’m doing wrong??
Oooh I (heart) this!! Sometimes you post stuff that makes me want to throw my laptop down (okay, set it down gently) and try it RIGHT AWAY…this is one! =cD
mmmmm painted, glorious papers! LOVE THEM.
okay, so i’ll scrap my post in draft on this exact technique then. lmao
i love it, used it for my recent atcs. love the colours in your last pic.
Great technique–I love the results–Thank you for sharing!!
Thank you for your always lovely and generous comments!
Hey Susan, if you have problems still: spray the paper with a light spritz of water, just a few drops, then wait a while, so that the surrounding paint will dry but the paint under the water drops will not, and then, dry scrape again, lightly. Maybe your first layers is too wet and you took all the paint off when you did your second scraping? Good luck!
hanna, thanks for linking to me! i’m glad everyone’s enjoying this technique. your advice to susan is spot on, it’s exactly what i would have said. :)
oops, forgot to say that i love how your papers turned out, especially the one where you can see the text thru the paint and the colors in pictures 2 and 3.
Thank you Jessica, for turning me onto your article when I was in painting mood! I wish more people would point to content on their blogs that they think a blog friend would appreciate and like! :-)
This is a cool technique and so much fun!
I’d like to report that the technique has been tested and I love it! I’m sure I’ll be making more pages – the acrylics have been napping in the drawer for a while now, but they’ll all be coming out. Here is what my humble experiment has produced: http://szkieuka.blogspot.com/2010/07/796-niedzielne-zajecia-sunday.html
I have just recently discovered your blog and linked it; it’s a pleasure to read and to look at :)
I love your journal work. Thankyou so much for sharing this experiment :-)
I am awed.
[…] The card I use when I scrape paint is a my old student card, but it is hardly visible behind all that paint. I’ve been using it for a few years now. I love using this method! It is one of my favorite ways to make backgrounds and art journal pages (and to use a spray water bottle)! […]
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