Hand decorated paper

1-Penpals back

Pen Pals.
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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.

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Beginner Mixed Media Background.

Here I used the same mat for Paper Dolls.


Modern Dance.


Gesso Background.


 Inked pattern by Tim Holtz from Creating Keepsakes magazine, September 2005


Using Vintage Style Art Nouveau Designs Crystal Clear rubber-stamps, click here for more.

My Steampunk Hat.
Background made with mists, stencils, stamps and ink.
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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
Please click on thumb-nail

Here is a tag which I made the same way.
You can see the brush strokes.
Please click on thumb-nail
I also used a Collage background for Dad


Uvongo beach

Edit: At the Beach


  1. 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.


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