Making my own background papers

I love all the wonderful background papers that you can buy. There are some beautiful works of art in paper that I often find them hard to cut up, I’m sure you know what I mean. But I also love making my own background paper. This was one of those ‘I wonder what would happen if I…’ occasions and I was really pleased with the result and plan to use it again to make some more.

Found it quite hard to get a good piccy of it though, as a number of the pictures I took did not capture the gold shimmer.

So the background starts by cutting out photocopied snippets from my large Oxford Dictionary of quotations and layering them onto a piece of white A4 paper at different angles, holding in place with a dab of glue stick. The next stage is to photocopy this collage of words and quotes onto ordinary white A4 paper. I cut the background into the shape I wanted and then started to colour with distress ink pads brayered onto a craft mat, sprayed with water and then brayered onto the paper, keeping the darker inks to the edges. Allow this to dry a bit before spraying with a gold glimmer/mica spray. Allow to dry and then flatten under some books (or all your craft magazines).

Thought I might enter this for the challenge on the ‘Lots to do Challenges blog’ using Crafty Individual stamps.

Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She’s a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.


  1. 21 May 2008 / 12:35 pm

    Fantastic and love the way you’ve made your own background paper

    Thanks for joining the challenge

  2. 21 May 2008 / 3:06 pm

    This is gorgeous

    thankyou for joining in with the challenge this week

    good luck for the draw for the blog candy

  3. 22 May 2008 / 2:33 pm

    Stunning piece and gorgeous background paper.

    Thank you for joining us this week,good luck with the candy draw

  4. 22 May 2008 / 8:09 pm

    Brilliant idea for the background and the finished result is gorgeous :o)

  5. 23 May 2008 / 11:30 am

    The central image is beautifully coloured, and complimented well with the background.

  6. 23 May 2008 / 6:51 pm

    This is fab!
    Love the background paper.

    Thank you for joining in with us this week & good luck in the draw!

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