Colorful Textured Paper

It’s easy and FUN to make this colorful textured paper! We made lots of it in a recent teacher workshop at Palace Art.

To make this amazing-looking paper, all you need is a piece of plastic (an expired credit card or gift card works well) with notches cut into one side of it, and some tempera paint. Pour some of two different primary colors (red, yellow or turquoise) onto a paper plate and mix them as you paint a 9×12 piece of construction paper. While the paint is still wet, drag the notched edge of your plastic card across the paper. The resulting textured paper is perfect for collage or covers for handmade books. Stay tuned to see what we used ours for!!

Our final week of teacher workshops is coming up! If you’re a teacher on the California central coast, join us next week for bookmaking, 3D Drawing, Creative Lettering, Creative Thinking or Sculpture. More workshops coming this fall!

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One Response to Colorful Textured Paper

  1. Miss Tabarcea August 1, 2009 at 7:42 am #

    I had never thought of using an old gift card as a tool! Thanks for the inspiration! I will definitely put it to use the next time we make handmade paper.