First, thank you for all of the awesome comments on my last portrait post. So much excellent feedback–Wow! I really enjoyed reading everything and seeing why one was liked more than another. I am definitely doing this again! Thanks for all your help!
Now, on to hand painted papers.
For this project, I used painter’s masking paper which comes in green and brown and can be found at any hardware store. It costs less than $5 for a 60 yard roll. It is durable enough for paint, yet thin enough to use for a number of creative projects like decoupage, mixed-media collage, gift wrapping, origami, paper flowers and any other project requiring pretty papers.
You can make any color and pattern you like and end up with a beautiful collection of paper without spending very much money.
All you need is some cheap acrylic craft paints, masking paper, stencils, stamps and paint brushes.
First, take a good length of paper and paint a thin layer of paint for the background. I did this very quickly with a squirt of 1-3 different colors and smeared them around with an old shopping card. I used some pearl-y paints too to add an bit of shimmer.
Once the first layer is dry, use stencils, sponges, lids, stamps (whatever you like) to create patterns, swirls, dots, lines, stripes and circles. Try not to think too much about it and just go crazy!