Tag Archives: Paper

Marbling on Fabric and Paper

Marbling Fabric Paper Wood

Think of marbling as a printing process. Paints or inks are suspended on the surface of a prepared solution of size. Size, is a jelly-like mixture of a thickener such as Manutex RS or Methyl Cellulose (CMC powder) and water. The marbling medium (size) is poured into a shallow tray and the colours are dripped […]

Make a Halloween Lantern

Halloween Lanterns

Here’s a great idea for making decorations for your Halloween party – and an excellent use for empty glass jars. The project is so simple that even very young children will be able to make their own Halloween Lantern. Cara Barrell did this project with a group of children (some as young as 3 years […]

Make your own Bunting with Tissutex paper

Tissue Paper Bunting

Here’s a fun project for making colourful bunting with Tissutex paper to decorate your garden, gazebo or Summer house. What is Tissutex Paper? The remarkable Tissutex paper, despite its delicate appearance, can by dyed, painted and glued without disintegrating. This translucent, lightweight tissue paper can be used for any number of craft projects, such as […]

Handmade Flower using Canford Paper

Handmade paper flower

We made these stylised flowers using two sheets of A4 Canford paper. Canford paper is available in a range of vibrant and exciting colours. We stock the full spectrum in A4 and A1 sheets which can be ordered from the website or bought through our showroom in Peasmarsh. Choose your colour and follow these simple […]

Basic Colour Theory

Secondary Colours

Understanding a little about colour theory can help you to decide which colours to choose for art or craft projects. The success of a project, whether it be woven cloth or a watercolour painting, can be determined by choosing the best colour relationships. Primary Colours The primary colours red, yellow and blue are the only […]

A Close-up of Conte a Paris Crayons

Conte pastels

Conte a Paris Crayons are square ‘carre’ sticks which are made using a combination of pigments, clay and binder. They are harder than pastels and charcoal, and can be applied with the corner for fine lines and the flat edge to make larger strokes. Conte a Paris Crayons – a small selection of the colours! […]

Lampshade Decorated with Skeleton Leaves

Lamp Lit

Here’s a quick fix for a plain and boring lampshade. These lampshades were bought from a well-known bargain value high street store, and we have made them more interesting by decorating them with skeleton leaves. The skeleton leaves are available from the George Weil website as are the PVA glue, glue spreader and paint brushes needed to […]

Silk Papermaking / Silk Fusion

Silk Paper Linda Small 1

Silk papermaking (or silk fusion) is similar to Papier-mache. The fibres are sandwiched between two pieces of mesh netting and then stuck together using an adhesive, such as CMC paste or watered down PVA glue. Other items can be included with the silk fibres, such as dried petals and skeleton leaves, or the silk papermaking […]

Silk Fibres for Spinning, Dyeing, Needle Felting and Silk Papermaking

Mawata Cap from Silk Cocoon

These luxurious Fibrecrafts fibres are available in a variety of forms and each is the result of different stages in the silk production. The silk fibres can be dyed to vibrant colours using Acid dyes and the reflective light qualities of the fibre add further dimensions. These silk tops have been hand-dyed and are available […]

Handmade Papermaking with Pulp

Handmade paper with deckle edge

Simple Instructions for Papermaking Use handmade paper for artwork, card making, paper crafts or as a surface for stitch. Handmade paper can be made from pulp, linters, recycled paper and plant materials. The materials are beaten and combined with water to make a slurry. The paper is made when the cellulose molecules are combined. This occurs […]