Today I am sharing with you a technique for using up all those left over pieces of tissue paper that you had left over after doing the tissue paper bleeding technique earlier.
I wanted to use the tissue paper pieces to add both colour and a texture to recycled cardboard so this is what I came up with.
1. To begin you will need some cardboard taken from boxes, if you lightly peel off from the corner of the cardboard you will reveal a little of the corrugated board underneath.
How much corrugation you reveal depends what you plan on using it for, if you want to stamp on it then you need to keep some of the backing intact so you have a flat area to stamp on.
If like me your just going to use it as a mounting board then you can peel off and remove most of the backing.
2. Once you have your corrugated cardboard you need to squirt a dollop of clear drying glue (e.g. pva) and an equal amount of white gesso onto the board.
3. Next squirt some water over the top of the glue and gesso and then paint the mixture across the entire board.
4. Working quickly so that the mixture doesn’t have chance to dry start placing random pieces of tissue paper across the corrugated board.
5. Use your brush to press the tissue paper into the grooves of the corrugated board.
6. If you find the glue/gesso & water mixture starts to dry add more so that you can paint a light coat over the top of the tissue.
7. Continue until the entire board is covered with tissue, if you overlap the pieces you will add a nice texture. Once you are happy with how it looks, set it aside to dry.
Once it’s dried you’ll notice because you have used a 50/50 mixture of glue and gesso that the layer of white is actually a lot more transparent than what it would be normally thus giving the textured tissue paper a kind of shabby chic effect.
These boards are ideal for mounting handmade cards, tags, artwork or even quotes onto and cost nothing to make!
You can add further layers of paint if you wish by highlighting the corrugated ridges with ink or paint.
Here are my corrugated shabby chic tissue paper panels plus a couple of close ups below:
The following board has been painted along the ridges and edges with black paint to add more texture and distress:
This technique also works well on flat surfaces too, here are 2 tags backgrounds I created:
This is what the tags looked like after I distressed them with ink:
Below is a sneaky peek of a project I made with the boards, I’ll share that on my main blog shortly:
I hope you enjoy playing with this technique, more technique make overs coming soon!
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