Thursday, September 25, 2008

Deli Paper Background Tutorial

I've had several requests for a tutorial on using color mists with deli paper paper so I've created a slideshow (I'll work on getting one up with static pictures for those that are able to view slideshows).
Why do I love deli paper? I thought you'd never ask! The type of deli paper I use is actually a sandwich wrap with a wet strength to it. What this means is that it looks and feels like tissue paper but yet its strong and durable. You can stature deli paper and it doesn't rip or tear yet it's thin and opaque.
Supplies Used
White Gesso
Foam Stamps
Heat Gun
Step 1. Mist the deli paper using various colors working from light to dark
(Alternate using metalic colors to add shimmer and sparkle).
Step 2. Once your done misting the paper crumple the paper up to further saturate it.
Step 3. Mist further as needed while the paper is crumpled turning with each spray.
Step 4. Using a heat gun begin drying your crumpled paper--keep the heat gun moving so keep from over heating. As the crumpled paper begins to dry it will slowly begin to open up some--continue helping it open up as you finish drying the paper.
Step 5. Once the paper is dry smooth it out using your hands.
Step 6. Squeeze out some gesso on a palette, using a make-up sponge blot gesso onto your foam stamp and then begin stamping randomly onto your colored deli paper. **Tip-rotate your paper as you stamp to give it a more randomly look.
Step 7. Dry the wet gesso on your deli paper with the heat gun.
*Optional Ideas*
A. Once you dry the gesso you can mist the paper again and then dry with the heat gun.
B. Bring out the colors further by using chalk inks near the stamped gesso designs.
C. Stamp with gold leafing paint to give further depth once your gesso has dried.

Click HERE to check out more Deli Paper Backgrounds.

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  1. Oooh, great idea! I might have to link to this one!

  2. Aileen, as usual, you have put up a well illustrated and clearly written tutorial. I love the slide show, but on my computer it comes up out of order. Luckily, you have the pictures labeled, so I wasn't confused.


  3. So pretty - and such a clear tutorial.

  4. Aileen~thank you for another wonderful and informative tutorial, makes me want to get busy :)