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You guys, I've discovered a new-to-me product that I love! It's super fun and easy to use and creates a wickedly cool background for your art journal. Although, I will also say that I think you could create a really awesome abstract painting using this same method -- simply do it on a canvas instead of in your art journal.
Here's my art journal background:
Cool looking, right?! The best news is that it's so super easy to do!
STEP ONE: Cut or rip up a bunch of bleeding art tissue. It has to be the kind of tissue paper that bleeds. I tried it with some regular drug store tissue, but it didn't bleed. Lay them on top of each other -- in a big pile or a careful arrangement, depending on what you want.
I'm working on a teflon craft sheet so that the tissue stays very wet and the color doesn't transfer. If you work on plain paper, some of the color will transfer into that paper -- which is also a cool effect.
STEP TWO: Use a spray bottle to spritz the tissue with water. Use a lot or a little depending on the result you want. For this example, I only did two spritzes.
As you can see, the tissue starts to bleed almost immediately.
STEP THREE: Wait a little while and then dry with a heat gun or wait a long while and let it dry naturally.
This is what you end up with:
The ink is still water reactive at this point, so when you collage it, it will bleed a little. I collaged my pieces onto a tag...
...and you can see in this detail photo that the Matte Medium I used to collage the paper did cause the tissue to bleed a little bit:
If you're covering the entire surface it's not a big deal, right? But it is a good idea to cover the top of the tissue with Matte Medium to try to prevent additional bleeding as you layer in your art journal.
Here are some tissue squares that I used more water on and let sit for a longer amount of time:
Have you played with bleeding tissue paper before? I'd love to know what you've done with it!
Unfortunately, I don't have the link for the script stamp -- I couldn't find a manufacturer's name on it -- but this script stamp is similar.
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. At long last I put together a page that shows all of the stencils I've designed for The Crafter's Workshop over the years! You can see it HERE. Access it any time by clicking on the Balzer Designs/Crafter's Workshop logo in the right sidebar of this blog.