Monday, March 20, 2006

Design Your Own Paper

You can easily create your own custom designed paper by stamping with a common household item -- bleach. To make a bleach 'ink pad', fold and layer a paper towel in a shallow container or plate, and pour in enough bleach to saturate the paper towel (not drown it). Dab the stamp on the bleach pad, then stamp on paper and watch the color gradually change. Experiement with various colors and types of papers to see how each reacts with bleach; mulberry paper works really well for this technique, as well as some colored cardstock (not all paper will change color). To make a variety of designs, experiment with rubber stamps, foam stamps and household items such as a spice jar lid, bubblewrap, or a credit card. The end result is a variety of cool papers -- custom designed by you and ready to be incorporated in your art!

16 Comments:

Blogger Lu said...

how I love the wonderful ideas you guys post here.

March 21, 2006 6:53 AM  
Anonymous krista said...

I love this! Recently I tried to make paper. It was a disaster. This is a much better idea to "make" paper.

March 21, 2006 7:33 AM  
Anonymous the painted pear said...

Hey, you learn something new everyday! That is a great new technique and thanks for sharing. It also might help clean out some of my gucky stamps.

Here is my url for the BIG challenge. thanks for everything

http://www.thepaintedpear.com/journal/journal.aspx#111

March 21, 2006 8:12 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Hi girls!
Love the fact that you are showing tutorials.
Hope you don't mind my input here on bleaching paper. I have done this several times with calligraphic work so here are some more tips for your readers. Always keep stored bleach in an opaque white container. This will keep it fresh. Keeping it in it's original container is best. Bleach stored in clear containers or dark containers will go bad and may explode in your studio. Old bleach will not give the results you want like fresh bleach will.
If you have a calligraphic dip pen or crow quill pen you can dip in bleach and write with it to give another texture background design. Thanks girls.

March 21, 2006 9:15 AM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

This is like a small piece of art fest for everyone who can't make it. Thanks ladies for posting these mini workshop type tutorials. I love them!

March 21, 2006 10:41 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Hello gals,

I'm knew to your blog. I'ts very inspiring! What a fabolous idea the bleach stamping is. I have to buy bleach and try it out. It looks fantastic on your pictures. Thanks a bunch for sharing your knowledge and art!

March 21, 2006 2:16 PM  
Anonymous cheryl said...

great idea~ and thank for the additional info Toni! Exploding bleach does not sound fun.

March 22, 2006 11:10 AM  
Blogger ratlion said...

My 'Think Big' challenge is up. :)
Here's the direct link:

Ratlion, http://therightbrainers.blogspot.com/2006/03/inspire-me-thursday-think-big.html

Oh, and those paper's look great! Can't wait to try it out...

March 22, 2006 2:52 PM  
Blogger firstborn studio said...

i adore this technique and am glad to have been reminded of it at just the right time!
thanks,kids!
denise

March 22, 2006 4:45 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

This is the COOLEST IDEA! I can't wait to give it a try!

March 22, 2006 6:50 PM  
Blogger zorana said...

Those papers look great! Thanks for the tutorial.

I finished my BIG piece! I posted it in three stages right here:

http://zoranaland.blogspot.com/

March 22, 2006 8:38 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Exploding bleach! YIKES! I guess those bleach pens they make for stains would work too, for drawing on paper.

March 22, 2006 10:12 PM  
Blogger lindaharre said...

WOW......thank you so for the idea and inspiration to go home and raid the ole laundry closet:) i'am on it..............~L.

March 23, 2006 9:58 AM  
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October 04, 2006 12:20 AM  
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October 04, 2006 12:27 AM  
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October 04, 2006 12:28 AM  

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