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Frottage background papers

I used this method of making multi-textured background papers in last week’s Make Art Monday project. Although the background paper is flat, it seems so dimensional. Here’s how to achieve this effect!

1. Using very thin paper, make rubbings of interestingly textured objects. Try rubbing with wax candles (white) to make reverse rubbings, using the wax as a resist.

2. Add thin glazes of acrylics in an analogous color range.

3. Rip and arrange the papers on a cardstock or watercolor paper base.

4. Use matte medium to glue them down.

5. Wash any dull areas with more color to make the piece blend. Cover with matte medium.

6. Cut out straight edges with an exacto knife if desired.

7. Press flat.

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