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.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. hilmof

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

    Thanks for joining the challenge

  2. Ang C

    This is gorgeous

    thankyou for joining in with the challenge this week

    good luck for the draw for the blog candy

  3. Andrea

    Stunning piece and gorgeous background paper.

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

  4. Mee

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

  5. stamp and scrape

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

  6. Mags

    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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