Hand decorated paper.

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
A good book that I can recommend is “Painted Scrapbook Pages” by Mylinda van Zee
She also has a motivating Blog and website.

I made four pages of each, here you can see the orange example I used in this Fall layout.

Here I played around with watercolors and rock-salt.

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

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