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patterned paper tutorial

August 5, 2010

i have been a little obsessed with making my own paper lately. i have honestly wanted to be more original in my pieces lately and that means making my own paper. so i am upcycling some of my scrapbooking papers and painting them. i have a ton of paper, so i thought that i should reuse the ones that i am not in love with anymore and make something beautiful. and today i would love to share with you a tutorial on how to make your own papers.


old scrapbooking paper

acrylic paint

old letters

clothing patterns



bubble wrap

i turned the scrapbooking paper to the white side to ensure a blank canvas. if you try to cover over the other patterns it will take many more layers of paint.

tape the piece of paper to a board.

paint the entire piece of paper with your color of choice and allow it to dry.

make your own patterned paper

using matte medium plaster tissue paper, clothing patterns and old letters on paper. let dry.

patterned paper tutorial

apply paint with an old credit card or brayer. let dry.

make your own patterned paper

take large bubble wrap or lids to apply paint in a circular pattern to paper.

patterned paper tutuorial mixed media

10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2010 10:25 am

    Cool Wendy!

  2. August 5, 2010 11:31 am

    That’s so fun!

  3. August 5, 2010 6:32 pm

    Oh thanks – I have a LOT of paper I’m not in love with LOL….great idea! I especially love the tip to turn it over and start on the white side, duh wouldn’t have thought of that (at least it didn’t come to me immediately, ha).

    • August 5, 2010 6:38 pm

      lol linda! it didn’t come to me right away either. it took several tries of covering up the pattern with paint. it took WAY too long to cover an already existing paper. so that is when i had an epiphany! hello, why don’t you use the white side. trust me, it works so much better!!!

  4. August 5, 2010 7:28 pm

    Very clever. I seem to run out of found source papers etc so this is a perfect alternative and adds even more fun to the process.

    Good stuff


  5. August 6, 2010 7:06 pm

    Very cool!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

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