True story: I love museums. I would spend pretty much every single weekend wandering through an art museum if I could.
I love wandering down the halls and seeing color, movement and texture bring painting upon painting to life.
The sad truth is I, myself, am far from artist. I tried once. I took a drawing class in college. Let’s just say that it was a long semester. I still blush at the thought of the “models” who came to our class and let us attempt to draw them.
But I’ve found a fun way to pretend to be an artist: Make your own art-inspired patterned papers.
These are super easy and so very pretty!
All you need a few clear stamping blocks, watercolor paper and a couple bottles of Distress Stains.
Start by lathering up one side of a stamping block with color. You want to be really generous and put on lots of color.
Don’t have any Stains? Consider using Bingo Daubers or misting sprays. If you use a misting spray, just hold the bottle really close to your stamping block and spray a few squirts of color onto it.
Set the block onto a piece of watercolor paper. Press it down and move the color around.
Lift up the block and grab another stamping block. Apply another color of stain to it. Press it into the watercolor paper and move it around.
Do it again, only with a different stamping block and another color.
Keep adding color to your paper until you get something like this.
Oh la la!
I couldn’t wait to use my art-inspired papers on a couple cards.
I used one of my papers for the background behind the butterflies here.
And I created the butterfly here with one of my colorful papers. The key was to wait until the paper was dry before die cutting it so it’s a nice even cut.
I’d love to see your take on this artsy technique. Please share a link to your project so I can check it out.
Yours in art-inspired fun,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal
P.S. Check out my blog today for another bonus project and twist on this technique. Rather than Stains, I’m using paint!