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Another Way of Using Your Painted Paper Scraps

by: Diane Salter
April 7, 2016

Another Way of Using Your Painted Paper Scraps

My favorite way to warm up when I'm creating art is to paint a batch of papers with various stencils and other techniques, which will end up in my art collages.  And if paper collage is what you enjoy, then you know that nothing gets thrown away, which means that you most likely have a lot of bits and pieces of paper.  This is a great way of using those paper scraps to help create your own unique piece of art.

The paint colors that I've listed are what I used for painting my papers, but you can choose any color that you favor--whatever appeals to you.

Items needed :

  • Andy Skinner Stencils 6x6 - Have Your Say
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 8x8 - Alphabet Spaghetti
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 8x8 - Industrial Elements
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Sienna
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • Americana Decor Stencils - Distressed Harlequin
  • Americana Spray Sealers/Finishes 12oz - Americana Gloss Spray
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 6x6 - Whirlpool
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 12x3 - Burning Rubber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Purple
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Primary Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Dioxazine Purple
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cadmium Orange Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Phthalo Blue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Yellow Oxide
  • Mark making tools i.e.: bottle caps, foam stamps, texture tools, etc.
  • White Cardstock
  • 8 x 8 gallery wrapped canvas
  • Brayer
  • Black Permanent Marker
  • E6000
  • Embellishments - new and found, i.e.: buttons, watch parts, jewelry findings

Instructions :

Gather up papers that you have painted in the past, or paint a new batch.  On 110lb white cardstock paper I used  the assorted Andy Skinner  and Americana Décor stencils for this batch, plus lots of paint layers adding texture with mark making tools, such as bottle caps, bubble wrap, texture combs, etc.  Look around your home--it's surprising what can make great texture and add interest to your painted papers.

Starting with your canvas, using the reverse side to create a shadowbox, cover the sides an front edges with your papers using DecoArt Matte Medium.  A good tip is to wet the backside of the papers to make them more pliable to work with.  Use a brayer to smooth the papers down and get any air bubbles out, making sure to seal the top of the papers with the matte medium also to seal them.

When all is dry, paint the inside of the canvas with a paint color of your choice.  I used a combination of the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics  Primary Yellow and Yellow Oxide.  Edge the sides and front edges with the black permanent marker pen.  When dry, spray with either the satin or gloss sealer spray.

Next, gather items to help you make the story inside of your shadowbox. Look around for objects in your home and start looking at them as something  different--something that they were not originally intended to be used for.

For instance, I took a lid from a canning jar, covered it partially with a scrap of my paper to make it the sun, and then I cut pieces of a metal tape measure to create the sunrays.

I had an unfinished wood house shape that I've had for a while.  These are easy to find either on Etsy or Ebay.  I covered it with one of my paper scraps and I painted a piece of corrugated cardboard for the roof.

And the finishing touch for the house before I put it inside the shadowbox-a plain wooden heart covered with another scrap of my paper and a metal butterfly with the word 'family'.

Finally, I had this little boy that was a perfect fit for this story.  All of the pieces were glued inside the canvas with E6000.

The DecoArt fluid acrylics are wonderful to make painted papers with because of their rich color, which in turn, becomes a great addition for these collage shadowboxes.

Be sure to visit My Art Journal for more projects and to learn more about Diane Salter.


Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo FUN and ADORABLE Diane. My fav part are your measuring tape sun rays - genius!!! Hehehehheeheh!!! But this entire project is just one happy surprise after another girl. Love your background - the colors and textures. And your sun! Of course, that little house is just precious! I keep expecting your little fella to hop down and ride off on his bike. What a fun treat this was to see. j.


April 8, 2016

Beautiful project. xx

Nikki K

April 8, 2016

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