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In today’s post, a video tutorial featuring; Tiger Paper. Tiger paper is my name for the background papers I produce using particular distressed inking techniques.

You Will Need

  • Ranger Color Wash inks, in three colours. I use Stream, Denim and Eggplant in the video
  • A larger spray bottle of water
  • Gloves, this is a messy technique ;)
  • A plastic box to spray into
  • Blank newsprint or copier paper
  • Cardstock
  • Mini Mister bottles (optional)
  • Sponge
  • Plastic mat or similar to protect surrounding areas

***It is important that you protect the area, around your spray box. These inks do tend to spread and any unprotected surface may be inked if you do not protect it ;) ***

Method

Use a variety of different card stocks, each kind will give a different effect. Suggestions for cardstock to try:

  • Water Color Paper with a texture
  • Mat Board
  • Coated card (laser printer paper could work)
  • Glossy Card. Works very well.

Links

To find stockists of the products used in the film, here are links to their manufacturers.

The finished projects featuring Tiger Paper, used stamps from;

More details on the Finished Projects, featured in the film

  • ATC
  • Clip Board

Tiger Paper is great fun to make. I hope you give it a try, do show me the results if you do. If it isn’t working for you, try different cardstock. This is one of those techniques where results vary, depending on the card you use.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today is another technique using the Ranger Colour wash inks. Here is what your finished piece will look something like. Remember this will give you a unique piece every time you do it so results will naturally vary.

Reptile Paper

 

**Please note the following cautions to prevent damaging your soft furnishings**

Please be aware that this ink will stain whatever it comes into contact with. So it is best not to do this over carpet, near wall paper or curtains. The kitchen is a good place if you don’t have a dedicated studio space.

You will need

Color Wash and tools for paper projects

 

  • Ranger Colourwash Spray ink. Three colours of your choice for this project. (Sell whatever you have to, and buy them all they are fabulous) Disposable gloves; the cheapest going is fine. You really need these!
  •  A large empty, no longer required cardboard box/plastic box. 
  • Blank newsprint; available in large sheets from removal companies; I got 500 A2 sheets for £12
  • A couple of bin liners
  • Watercolour paper, I used 280 gsm NOT paper. (The NOT in this case refers to not put through rollers, so the paper has a texture rather than being totally smooth.
  • Heat Resistant Surface
  • Heat tool

Method

This is truly messy and best done over a hard floor just in case some ink goes astray. Don’t do this for the first time near wallpaper or curtains!
1.  Cover your entire workspace with at least two layers of blank newsprint OR cut open your bin liner and use this to cover your working area.
2.  If you need more drying space than your table allows for, cut open a couple of bin liners and place them on the floor.

3.  Place your cardboard box on your table; you will be spraying the ink into this box.
4.  Arrange your inks on you now waterproof surface. Ready to go.
5.  PUT THE GLOVES ON!! Don’t think this is being OTT this is dye ink and will stain your hands for DAYS!
6.  Place a sheet of folded up blank newsprint in the base of your box, this will catch any overspray.
7.  Place your sheet of printer paper in the bottom of the box.
8.  Choose three colours of ink that you like and remove their lids.
9.  Spray the inks over the paper, start with the lightest and work down to the darkest.

 

First layer of Color Wash Ink applied

 

 

10.  Don’t be afraid of the ink, get the paper well covered and don’t forget the edges.

 

Three layers of Color Wash Ink

 

11.  Now spray your card heavily with plain water. Really go for it and you will have droplets of ink sitting on top of your card.

Colour washed paper once sprayed with lots of water

 

12. Carefully take your card out of the box and place it on a heat proof surface

13. Using your heat tool slowly dry your card.  Hold the heat tool quite high to start with otherwise you will chase your droplets around your card, this is fine when you want to experiment but will not give you the spotted mottled effect which this is aiming for. 

 

Tips and options

  •  If you find your card is warping too much then on another attempt tape your card to something before you spray it.
  • Hold the heat tool closer to the work and DO chase the droplets around, have fun see what happens.

Reptile paper that has chased droplets on it

 

The beadie eyed amongst you will have noticed that for steps 9 & 10 I have used pics from earlier in the week. This is just because other than the change to heavier paper the  start of this techninque is the same. Hope you don’t mind tooo much ;) about the duplication of the pictures.

 

I do have one more paper colouring technique to show you but that will be a little time in coming. I have to admit that these tutorials were until this one, shown on my older blog. Producing these tutorials takes a week! I will continue to post tutorials but they will be a little less frequent as they take soo long to make. But good things are worth waiting for right??

 

If there is any particular technique or product that you would like to see a tutorial on do let me know using the comments box. If I get any requests and have the required knowledge or products I’ll see what I can do for you.  I don’t bite and would be happy to hear what you think of all these things I post.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you next week

Billie :)

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Now I’m not one to blow my own trumpet but, I think I have discovered a new technique, for Colourwash Inks.  I say this as I haven’t seen anyone else either do this, or have mentioned it. I am calling this technique ‘Butterfly Paper’, the name inspired by the butterfly prints we all played with in Primary school, where you splodge paint on one side of a piece of paper, fold it in half and see what comes out.

 
I ‘found’ this idea as a result of the experiments that gave us Leather Look Paper.  In order to get a full coverage of ink for the Leather Paper effect both sides of the paper had to come into contact with each other.  This got me thinking. I wanted full colour papers to make end papers for my handmade books, but the textured paper wouldn’t sit flat in the books and also the paper warped from being very wet, so it wasn’t suitable for this. As a result Butterfly Paper was born. To find out how to make some of your own read on….

To Make Butterfly Paper, You Will Need

  • Heat tool
  • Iron (dedicated craft iron as it will get messy)
  • Bin liner or plastic sheet
  • Large empty cardboard box or (unused) plastic cat litter style box
  • White printer paper
  • Blank newsprint; available from removal companies
  • Ranger Colourwash Ink
  • Spritzer bottle of water

Preparation

  • Cut open your bin liner and lay it over your work surface to protect it from the ink
  • Place the empty cardboard box on your table and put a piece of folded blank newsprint in the bottom
  • Place a sheet of blank newsprint next to your box to put damp paper onto.
  • Either wear old clothes you won’t mind getting messy or wear a plastic apron  (just in case)

 
**Ensure there is plastic underneath the box and blank paper, in case the ink soaks through either of them**

Method

1.  Place a piece of printer paper in the bottom of the box.
2.  Spray the paper with one or two colours of the Ranger Colourwash Ink.  You need the paper to be wet with ink.
Spraying paper with Colourwas ink
3.  If you haven’t used much ink, spray the paper with some water to get the paper nice and wet. You need it to stay wet whilst you get to step 5.
4.  Remove your wet paper from the box and set it ink face UP on the blank newsprint next to your box

Repeat steps 1-3 with your second sheet of paper.

5. Carefully, remove this second sheet of paper now wet with ink, from the box and place it on top of your first sheet. Ink sides together.

Two pieces of paper placed on top of each other inked sides together

 

6.  Smooth over the back of the paper to ensure the entire surface of both sheets has come in contact with each other.

7.  Carefully peel the papers apart to reveal the pattern.

Revealing the colour on Butterfly Paper

 
8.  If your paper wasn’t wet enough, some of the paper will still show the speckling of the ink rather than being completely covered in it. To solve this re-spray both inked sides of the papers with plain water and repeat steps 7-8.

The ink got too dry (coz I was taking the pictures) So I sprayed with some more water.

 

Insuffiecent water/ink used

 

 
9.  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO DRY BOTH PAPERS QUICKLY. Place your paper ink side UP onto a heat proof surface and heat the paper till it no longer looks shiny, repeat with the second sheet before you move on. The paper will still be damp but not shiny.

 

Applying heat tool to Butterfly Paper

 

10.  Now the paper no longer looks wet and shiny it is safe to turn it ink side down and iron on the back to flatten it. Iron on the back of the paper so it doesn’t go shiny.

Ironing the back of the Butterfly Paper

 
11. Repeat with the second sheet.

 
Heating the paper seems to set the ink, making it stable to use wet glue on without disturbing the ink.

 

Here are a few colour combinations;

Stream & Denim

Stream & Denim Butterfly paper

 

Terracotta, Raisin & Espresso

Terracotta, Raisin & Esspresso Butterfly Paper
The metallic look was created by dabbing over the wet paper with screwed up with a little Perfect Pearls on it. The splodge was the first attempt at just tapping some on ooops!

Butterfly Paper

 

 Try adding more water instead of ink. There was sooo much ink left on the paper there was a big puddle of it. I sprayed plain paper and pressed it into the original sheet. NOT the best way to do this technique but it used up the excess ink. I used the method described above for all other papers and used WAY less ink ;)

 
The pattern becomes more mottled as you press of dab the wet sheets together. 
Thanks for reading and if you give this a go enjoy getting messy the resulting paper is worth all the effort.

Billie ;)

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For once, no chat just mainly pictures that’ll be a first for me. Here you go, these papers were all created using the technique I described the other day. I have made more and ironed the back of them whilst they were still wet with ink and they have retained the patterns of the creases but are almost flat enough to stamp onto.

You don’t need to use multiple colours, if you only have one ink just use that one. I use several colours as it gives more depth to the paper.

 

Stream 

Stream Leather look paper

 

Stream & Denim

Stream & Denim Leather Look Paper

 

Stream & Eggplant 

Stream & Eggplant Leather Look Paper

 

Here are some great combinations to try;

 

  • Stream & Wild Plum
  • Stream & Bottle 
  • Pesto & Lettuce
  • Lettuce & Espresso
  • Butterscotch & Terracotta & Espresso
  • Butterscotch & Espresso. 
  • Butterscotch & Terracotta
  • Terracotta & Raisin.  
  • Cranberry & Raisin
  • Lettuce & Raisin.
  • Cranberry.

 

**Options**

  • Leave the paper to dry naturally gives the most texture.
  • Iron the back of the paper whilst still wet with ink leves texture marks but the surface will be flatter for stamping onto.
  • Iron the paper again once dry to flatten some more.

 

Have fun and thanks for reading.

Billie :)

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Did you hear a whoop of delight?  That was me I had a play in the studio just to make some simple end papers for my books and OMG I have found the most wonderful technique. I say found this technique but I did see the idea done in a similar way by Leonie on QVC. But mine has more depth of colour as I use more colours together. Being a generous sort here’s how you can get the same effect for yourself.

 

**Please note the following cautions to prevent damaging your soft furnishings**

Please be aware that this ink will stain whatever it comes into contact with. So it is best not to do this over carpet, near wall paper or curtains. The kitchen is a good place if you don’t have a dedicated studio space.

You will need

  • Ranger Colourwash Spray ink. (Sell whatever you have to, and buy them all they are fabulous)

Ranger Color Wash Inks

 

  • Disposable gloves; the cheapest going is fine. You really need these!

Gloves & paper

 

  • A large empty, no longer required cardboard box.

Cardboard box for spraying ink into

 

  • Blank newsprint; available in large sheets from removal companies; I got 500 A2 sheets for £12
  • A couple of bin liners
  • Blank printer paper; white

Method

This is truly messy and best done over a hard floor just in case some ink goes astray. Don’t do this for the first time near wallpaper or curtains!
1.  Cover your entire workspace with at least two layers of blank newsprint OR cut open your bin liner and use this to cover your working area.
2.  If you need more drying space than your table allows for, cut open a couple of bin liners and place them on the floor.

3.  Place your cardboard box on your table; you will be spraying the ink into this box.
4.  Arrange your inks on you now waterproof surface. Ready to go.
5.  PUT THE GLOVES ON!! Don’t think this is being OTT this is dye ink and will stain your hands for DAYS!
6.  Place a sheet of folded up blank newsprint in the base of your box, this will catch any overspray.
7.  Place your sheet of printer paper in the bottom of the box.
8.  Choose three colours of ink that you like and remove their lids.
9.  Spray the inks over the paper, start with the lightest and work down to the darkest.

 

First layer of Color Wash Ink applied

 

10.  Don’t be afraid of the ink, get the paper well covered and don’t forget the edges.

 

Three layers of Color Wash Ink

 
11.  When you have a good coverage of ink, carefully pick up the piece of paper.

 

Scrunching the wet paper

 

12.  CAREFULLY fold this up into a ball, keeping the inky surfaces on the inside. Gently squeeze this together till you get a ball. Do this gently as the wet paper is delicate and will tear if you go too harshly with it. Some of the ink will ooze out of the paper and you will then know you have a good coverage of ink on your paper.

 

Showing the screwed up paper   

 

The ball of paper

 

13.  Gently and slowly open out your paper. Do this gently as the wet paper is delicate and will tear if you go too harshly with it. The paper will have lovely wrinkles all over it, and the ink will have soaked more deeply into those wrinkles. If you used several colours, you should see the tones showing through of the more dominant colours.

 

Revealing the paper

 

14.  Place the paper onto the plastic sheet to dry.

 

Finished papers drying

 

The papers I have made are still drying, so I’ll post some pictures when they are dry. Double click on this they show up better when the picture is enlarged.

 

***UPDATE***

If left to dry naturally the paper will be very textured, I have ironed the still just damp paper and it has retained some texture but is flatter I think you need to iron it whilst still wet to make it flat enough to stamp onto. I will post when I’ve tried this and let you know.

As for covering books with this paper, ironing it seems to have fixed the dye. When I pasted the back of the paper with pva glue it ‘relaxed’ and lost some of the texture allowing it to adhere to the cover board. There is still enought texture to give interest but it is well stuck to the boards. YEY

 

Here are some lush colour combinations I have found though.

Brown tones

  • Butterscotch, Terracotta and Espresso
  • Butterscotch, terracotta, Espresso and Raisin

 

Green Tones

  • Pesto and Bottle
  • Stream and bottle

Red tones

  • Cranberry, Raisin and Espresso

Awesome violet came from Wild Plum and Stream!!! Gorgeous!
This technique is dead messy but soooo worth it.

Have fun

Billie :)

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