Frugal Crafter’s Guide To Hand Decorated Papers

Sometimes I just want to overlook all the expensive materials and make art frugally. When watching a video about embossing powders I got the idea of using color pencils as a resist for watercolor. So, if you are filled with ideas but hate to see instructions that require special supplies or a wide range of supplies, this frugal version is just for you!

You only need

  • paper
  • at least one colored pencil (basic one, not water soluble)
  • watercolors

Frugal Version – Here’s What You Do

1) Grab a paper! I prefer quite thin (90 g/m2, 43 lbs) and smooth papers, but you can choose whatever you like or have.

2) Start doodling with the color pencil. You can use any color(s) you like but using white makes the result especially interesting, I think.

Frugal version of hand-decorated papers

3) When you have filled the paper with your doodling, paint the paper with watercolors. Paint over the doodling! Use a lot of paint as we will wash some away in the next phase.

Frugal version of hand-decorated papers

4) Let dry. Seriously. This is the only step where the patience is required.

5) Wash the paper with water. The idea is to get the color pencil strokes appear again. You may have to use the fingers to remove the color if you want a nice pastel background.

5) Let dry!

6) Here’s my example. You can use papers for collages, cardmaking, bookcovers, all kinds of papercrafting!

Frugal version of hand-decorated papers

Here are some of my experiments showing various colors of pens and paints.

Frugal version of hand-decorated papers

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13 Responses to Frugal Crafter’s Guide To Hand Decorated Papers

  1. Rosanne says:

    I as well go nuts when I see posts that require me to mortgage my home to buy supplies.
    Thank you from the bottom of my water-colour ‘lovin heart!

  2. pirle says:

    Kiitos ideasta! Eipä tarvita monimutkaisia kommervenkkeja – kokeiltava on 🙂

  3. Pirle, kiitos kommentista, thank you!! (Olethan huomannut, että blogistani on suomenkielinen versio osoitteessa – samat jutut, mutta suomeksi!)

  4. Great…idea = ) thank you for sharing = )

  5. Mary says:

    Hi Paivi! Love your blog! And your artistic talent! Although my blog deals primarily with painted furniture/acrylics I first started out in watercolors/mixed media, so this tutorial really speaks to my heart! I am now your newest follower so I won’t miss a beat 😀 Stop over and see me if you get a chance. I’m off now to go and find you on Twitter. Take Care!

  6. Thanks so much, Mary!! Followed you back on Twitter!

  7. Lisa D. says:

    Great papers! Its all about experimenting!

  8. Deebi27 says:

    Wow…I think I could do this!!! Your blog is so interesting and the colors just wow me!

  9. Thanks! Surely you can do it, just grab your pencils and turn the music on!

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