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Fiber paste (fake handmade paper)

In a hurry, but you really want a handmade paper look? Grab a jar of fiber paste from the art store. If you want a slight color to it, add a touch of acrylic paint.

  1. Using a spatula or putty knife, spread a thin layer of fiber paste on a piece of wax paper or freezer paper.
  2. Mush the edges with your fingers to give a semblance of a deckle edge.
  3. Let it dry.
  4. Peel it up.

Once you create the “paper,” you can paint on it, print on it, tear it, cut it, use it in a collage, etc. It’s not nearly as amazingly wonderful as your own paper, but it has one advantage—because it’s not made with wood pulp, it won’t disintegrate when wet.

I painted this piece with clear Digital Ground (see page 19), taped the top and several inches down the side to a piece of regular bond paper, and put it through my cheap ink jet printer. Now it’s ready to use in a project.

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