Branching out…

…from canvas paintings to paper paintings.

A couple of weekends ago I picked up 2 big photo frames for 50p (!!!) at a carboot sale. Who can turn down a bargain like that? So obviously they had to be filled.

At first I was thrown by the fact that it wasn’t a canvas (my go to medium at the moment), but then I found some lovely, large cartridge paper in Paperchase (and lost a few hours of my life rapturously stroking all the notebooks and stationery). I ordered some inks on ebay, but when they arrived I realised they were marbling rather than drawing inks.

The basic tools

The basic tools

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I painted the backing card to match our bedroom colours

I painted the backing card to match our bedroom colours

I tried dripping the ink straight onto the paper, but it was too oily and they all just looked black, so I adapted my method (sorry – I’ve been assessing science and the lingo is on the brain) and decided to use the inks as they were intended. i.e. I mixed them into water and then pretty much just threw the inks at the paper.

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I stopped at the point where it felt like the paper was fully saturated and about to disintegrate. And then I let it dry.

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And that was it really. Some of the ink is still wet, but once it was tucked behind the glass, my walls and fingers were safe from further marking.

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This was such a fun and simple (albeit very messy) project and it looks lovely filling up the wall in our bathroom. You’ve just gotta love paintings that fill the wall.

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P.S. it’s really hard to take photos of glass without any reflections!!

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