Hello everyone, Geesje here.
Making your own textured paper is a great way of adding something different to cards, tags, bookmarks or journal pages. You don’t have to use the full sheet, cutting bits and pieces to add to cards and bookmarks makes for an interesting background. What you need:
- plain paper, fabric or interfacing or anything you can think of as the base.
- used tea bag, remove the tea into a container and tear the bag into small pieces
- thread ends, cut into 2″ – 3″ pieces
- cheesecloth, cut into small pieces
- feather, cut small sections off it
- raw wool, tear off small wisps of wool
- one back layer of a paper napkin
Of course you can add different things that make for interesting texture.
First I place a non stick Teflon baking sheet on my work surface, this way the final project will come away without it being glued down to the work table. I also tape book pages together so it is at least 1″ bigger then the paper I”m about to texturize. Place the paper to be used as the base on the paper pages. Next I will glue the whole page wet with watered down glue, about 50% water to 50% glue, to glue down the texture to the paper. My preferred glue is gel medium, it keeps the finished project soft and pliable. If using regular school glue, the paper, when folded might crack. Before the glue dries I sprinkle the dried tea on the paper. Add the thread ends, small pieces of cheese cloth, teabag pieces, feather pieces and wool wisps. The glue will dry while I add more texture, but that is fine. The glue is mostly there to keep the loose tea from blowing away, while adding the rest of the texture.
When all the textured is sprinkled randomly on the paper I’ll place one layer of the napkin on top. Most napkins come in either two ply or three ply. Separate the two or three layers, make sure to save the image layer for future projects like collaging. Place the plain white napkin layer over the textured paper and use the same glue to adhere the napkin to the paper. Be very gentle applying the glue, the napkin paper is very thin and delicate and it might tear.
Check for air bubbles, you don’t really want those, you can add more glue and pat them down and if they persist, you can poke a small hole in the centre of the bubble with a pin to let the air out.
I then move the page off the Teflon sheet to the floor to let it air dry. When the paper is dry I cut my new textured paper away from the pages it was glued to, if the pages stick to the paper you can gently tear it off.
As I have the supplies out, I will keep making more, I have used thin interfacing both as the base sheet and as the cover sheet. Another thing I tried was using used dryer sheets, the funny thing is, I don’t use drier sheets, ( I had them in the house as mouse deterrent…) so I hand washed a few to try it out.
I also used a light coloured cotton fabric as base, sprinkled the texture on it and covered it with the thin interfacing. I did try it on a commercial printed fabric, but in my opinion that was not successful, the print obscured the texture so the whole thing is pointless…. A video of the process can be seen on YouTube:
Thank you for watching, Geesje