Monday, December 09, 2013

Adding Paint to Paper

Peace lilies are indigenous to South Africa, and one of my favourite flowers.  I love their simplicity and have enjoyed making them up out of paper.  I used book paper, but here in this bunch, I added a layer of white acrylic paint, before wet moulding the petals.  I am really pleased with the way they turned out.
The paint layer softens and almost hides the underlying print and gives the paper a lovely firm handle.
The Christmas Tree Project was also made with acrylic coated book paper squares, which were further decorated with a Collagraph Print.

Each square was covered with a layer of white acrylic paint on both sides. 
I rolled the acrylic paint on to some good quality recycled paper with a sponge roller. 
To speed the drying process up, I placed the painted sheets in my thermo-fan oven for a few minutes.  I only just switched the oven on, relying more on the moving air than the gentle heat.  
Afterwards I put the squares out to cool
Once the squares were folded (See the instructions here) I printed them with a simple pattern.  I made up a Collagraph plate - so named beause of the collaged materials that created the patterned print.
I used thick cardboard, and wound small string coils, which I glued on the corners. I sealed the string and cardboard with diluted wood glue.  When this was dry, I brushed paint onto the colis, and then printed them onto the squares.

See some pictures here and instructions on how to make up the tree here.


Handmade in Israel said...

Those Peace Lilies are INCREDIBLE! Just so beautiful.

Lee Geldenhuys said...

Ah I love these!

Denise Kiggan said...

Thanks so much Lisa and Lee-Anne