I read lots of paper crafting and card making magazines, and in one recently was a card which featured paper altered by blowing bubbles. It looked intriguing, so I began messing about, and thought I would share it with you. I have been working on this post for a while, you will see it is not a fast project, but I thought it a fun experiment. Perhaps when someone in my household says I am just playing up in the craft room, it is true?
I am trying to make a nice red and gold that could be used for Christmas cards.
So, first, I gathered supplies. I am using three colors of paint – a bright red, a dark burgundy/maroon color, and a gold metallic.
You also see a small plastic cup, mod podge, dish detergent, waxed paper, a straw.
Put a layer of waxed paper or other protective surface down on your table, and lay a piece of water-color paper on it.
Take the straw and blow some test bubbles. If you need to add a bit more water, go ahead, but it is better not to add to much. Once you can really blow bubbles, do it! Let the bubbles over flow into a heap on the paper. The more bubbles, the more paint you will have at the end, so don’t go overboard (like I did).
Then go away and leave it alone. The bubbles will pop, and settle, and the paint will pool. That’s good!
Now the hardest part – wait for it to dry before repeating with the next color. I used the gold here for the second color. I did pick the paper up off the waxed paper before layering the next color, and I used a new piece of waxed paper before the third color.
Same process, then the burgundy, just for depth, so not many bubbles on this layer.
Let it dry thoroughly. I cut mine to the size I wanted at this point, then put two layers of mod podge on it, letting it dry between layers. This is a step I added to the original directions, because I used a scented dish soap, and it was unbearably perfumed. The mod podge sealed that, but it also gave the paper a really nice texture, almost leathery.
Now, do whatever you want with it – cards, labels, hang it on the wall as is, use it in a collage. I made some earlier with other colors, and spritzed it with tattered angels shimmer spray – it settled in the brush strokes of the mod podge and gave it a totally different look.
I am not sure I will do this often, it takes forever, with all the drying time, but I do like the finished product, even if it is hard to photograph because of the shine on the mod podge. It is very textured, more than just a smoothly printed paper.