Over on the Paper Artsy Blog, Leandra did a video showing her brayering technique with lovely soft colours, but this time on her 12 x 12 tissue paper. As I had some of this, I was dying to trying it! It's a great technique as the paint makes it a bit more substantial to work with so it doesn't tear too easily, but you still have something that is easy to manipulate around objects. I totally copied Leandra and her colours as I wanted to master the technique, although I have a long way to go:-
Once I had my tissue, I needed to decide what to do with it. I had been saving a gorgeous box with an inlaid section on the top which I bought at the Craft Barn. I had been watching lovely Jo Firth Young demo and had been so mesmerized I ended up buying three of her plates and one mini - I never normally buy that much in one go! She saw me looking at the box in the shop and said I should get it, and said she looked forward to seeing what I would make with it. She was probably just being nice and polite, but JoFy, this is for you!
First of all I covered the whole box apart from the inlaid section with the tissue paper, using Golden Gel Matte which is a good consistency for the slightly thicker paper you end up with. After it had dried I sanded any rough edges with an emery board. I then decided where I wanted my stampbord pieces and painted the top and the knob with Spanish Mulberry. I then brayered the pieces and stamped them in a similar way to the tissue paper.
Whilst I was working I had some of the Ikea kids drawing paper underneath, to protect my table. This was recommended by Alison (butterfly) when she did her Christmas wrapping paper. I quite liked the scrap I ended up with, so I added a couple more bits of stamping and now I have a quirky bit of wrapping paper! Think I will do this from now on!
I still need to decorate the inside of the box which has lovely compartments and a mirror, as well as the drawer. But this is what it looks like now:-
I am entering this into the Paper Artsy Fragile Papers Challenge.