I absolutely LOVE papertowel backgrounds. I guess half of the reason is that they’re easy (even using my ‘trash’ paper towels that I’ve been cleaning my art up with!), but also, they’re just so colorful and eyecatching.
You’re going to love making these. WARNING: Addictive technique ahead!
To do this project you’ll need:
- stamp pad reinkers (or if you absolutely don’t have these, you can use watered down acrylic paint or watercolor paint)
- plain white paper towels
- Spray Webbing (available in spray paint section of a craft store)
- acrylic paint (black or white) and a paintbrush
- stamp pad ink and stamps
Videos #1 and #2 – Adding a base color to the papertowels
Video #3 – Adding Pizzaz!
AND FOR THE VIDEO CHALLANGED:
Begin by coloring the paper towels
- Place 2 tablespoons of water in a disposable plastic cup. Add a few drops of reinker ink, and mix to make a water color. (You could also use watercolor or acrylic paint instead of ink.) Do this with a few coordinating colors.
- Take a piece of paper towel, fanfold it, or crunch into a ball.
- Gently dip the paper towel into multiple colors of ink.
- Add a couple drops of ink to the paper towel directly from the bottle.
- ‘Squish’ the paper around a little to spread the inks.
- Open up the towels and allow to dry flat.
When your colored towels are dry, choose from the following techniques to give them character:
Don’t limit yourself to these products. Play!! Try adding Stickles glitter glue to your inks or paints, or plain glitter, moon powders, or pixie dust! (Yes, I did just write pixie dust.)
Keep in mind that your papertowel backgrounds were made with a water based dye ink. If left this way, the colors will bleed onto anything wet. It’s important to finish off your towels with a sealant such as Workable Fixative, Matte or Gloss Spray finish, or similar product.