Oh – the fun of playing! We should all do it more. I spent my morning playing with paper paste. A little bit messy, easy and the best part…fun to do with kids. Wouldn’t you like to try?
I have a goal for my valentine’s day projects this year, I want to include as many handmade materials as I can create. Using paper paste and paint together on paper allows you to make your own decorative paper with texture and designs.
I found a great tutorial at My Handbound Books – Book Making Blog on how to make the paste and use it to paint the papers. The recipe is simple, just water and flour, cooked over a double boiler. After it has cooled you add your paint and away you go!
Grab your supplies: heavy paper (I used watercolour paper), paper paste, paint (I used crafter’s acrylic), paint brushes and water.
I also used crayons and oil pastels to make a few designs on the paper before layering on the paint and paste. You can skip this step if you want to.
Now all you need is a few items to drag through your paste and paint. I chose a cork, popsicle sticks, a serving fork and a toilet roll.
Oh and a cup of tea is always an option. This is fun right?
First I started doodling some designs over the paper. This helps create a layered effect. I tried some with the layering and some without. Kids love doing this part.
Add a dollop of paste to a container and add a bit of paint, mix really well.
Paint on the paste paint mixture and grab a tool to make some designs. Sorry for the picture quality…
Now set your paper aside to dry, preferably away from your cat. A few of my papers have kitty cat paw prints on them from curious felines. If you paper really curls up just turn it over and iron with a low iron to make it flat.
And then it is up to you, cut, paste, collage, make cards, a garland or just a pile of pretty hearts.
If you are looking for a few more ideas for Valentine’s Day projects check out a few of my other posts: Valentine’s Eye Candy, DIY Valentine’s Cards Using Collage, and DIY Valentine’s Cards.
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