Quarantine Crafts with Mary S

Hello and welcome back! This week’s craft is going to be the last installment for Quarantine Crafts with Mary S. If you’ve been checking in every week and made it this far — Thank You! I hope you have enjoyed seeing the things I’ve made and tried some of them out for yourself. I’ve enjoyed the challenge of finding ways to use the items I already had at home to make something new. Now on to this week’s craft!

The ideal way to make this craft is to use actual water color paper. I got lucky and found some in a stash of mixed paper but it’s okay if you don’t have any! Regular card stock worked really well and you can try some other paper/materials and see what results you get.

The materials I used are:

  • Watercolor paper/card stock
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Spray bottle filled with water

This craft is super simple. Use your spray bottle to wet the paper just enough for the tissue paper to stick. I didn’t do this on my first attempt and the tissue paper didn’t lay flat. Apply the tissue paper in whatever pattern you’d like. I went for random placement of multiple colors. Once the page is covered in tissue paper spray the tissue paper with the water to saturate it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now you wait until everything is dry and remove the tissue paper pieces from the main paper and see how the color transfers! I checked on mine during the drying process to see how much color was transferring and wasn’t happy so I sprayed more water periodically throughout the evening. I’m pretty pleased with the results overall though I am curious if some of my tissue paper had been treated with something to prevent color bleeding. The red paper I used did not transfer any color at all.

There are a variety of different things you can do with these papers: frame them, make them into greeting cards, cut them into shapes and make garland, etc. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with mine yet but I’d love to see what you come up with so please share your results! Happy crafting!

 

 

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