Hand decorated paper

1-Penpals back
1-Mirra back

Hand decorated background paper, using masks/stencils and mist sprays, is ideal for making customized background patterns. I used Memory mists, but you can make your own mists.


Some of the stencils I used as masks, the one on the right is from a TUPPERWARE SALAD/VEGETABLE (KEEP FRESH) CONTAINER.

I also used a plastic sink mat which I got at the dollar-store.


Another plastic sink mat used on the chipboard shapes.

Click here for a supply list and more info.

Here I used the same mat for Paper Dolls.



I used a toothbrush and three different coordinating colors of Decoart Americana Acrylic Paint to splatter paint onto white card-stock.
“Although not labeled as such, Deco Art Americana paints are acid-free.
(Info from Deco Art’s chemist).” – Rebecca Baer
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A good book that I can recommend is
“Painted Scrapbook Pages” by Mylinda van Zee
She also has a motivating Blog and website.
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I made four pages of each, here you can see the orange example
I used in this Fall layout.

Here I experimented with watercolors and rock-salt.
Please note that Rock salt is corrosive and should not come in contact with original photos, memorabilia, etc.


Distressing/Antiquing with Instant Coffee
. Color with water and instant coffee, sprinkle lightly with fine instant coffee and add rock salt.
Note: Black coffee registers at 5.0.

From the book “Tantalizing Textures” By Trudy Sigurdson


“A collage (From the French: coller, to glue) is a work of formal art, primarily in the visual arts, made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.
A collage may include newspaper clippings, ribbons, bits of colored or hand-made papers, portions of other artwork, photographs, a piece of moss or even a dead mole and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty. The term collage derives from the French “coller” meaning “glue“.[1] This term was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.” – Wikipedia
Cream card-stock
Matt Modge Podge by Plaid

Foam brush
Music, text, clipart, etc. printed on cream acid-free paper
Brown shoe polish
Print music, clipart, text, etc. onto paper.
Cut or tear into strip and plan placing.
Cover the card-stock with Modge Podge using the foam brush Layer paper onto cardstock.
Cover with Modge Podge
Work shoe polish into paper and especially into joins, I used my fingers otherwise it rubs off.

Cover with Modge Podge
I use a foam brush as a brush with bristles leaves fine lines.
I have tested Modge Podge and it is acid free.
I don’t think shoe polish is acidfree, but the layer of modge podge should help, one can always add acid reducer or cover the paper with vellum for a muted look.

Here you can see it on my planning
Magnetic Board
Family Gathering
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Here is a tag which I made the same way.
You can see the brush strokes.
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I also used a Collage background for Dad


Uvongo beach

Edit: At the Beach

About Tokeloshe.

Welcome and thank you for visiting. I have been happily married (sic) for 40 years, have one son, a loving daughter in law and three adorable grandsons. We have been in Canada for 20 years and are originally from South-Africa. My first language is Afrikaans. (Ek kan nog Afrikaans praat, lees en skryf.) I love doing mixed media, scrap-booking, blogging and playing on the computer, I am also interested in photography, genealogy, reading, hiking, camping, arts and crafts.
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2 Responses to Hand decorated paper

  1. cindy says:

    Thanks for the ideas Tok, I am very lucky that I get free paper samples from the ad agency I work with. Will try these paint techniques soon.


  2. Tokeloshe says:

    I’m glad you like them Cindy 😉
    That’s wonderful, please let me know, I would love to see what you do.


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