NOTHING gets wasted when I do fabric painting. I even save the paper cloths that I mop up with.
I just can't throw away anything that colourful!
I think I first saw this technique in this book by Traci Bautista.
It is so simple and a great way to re-cycle paper cloths that would otherwise end up in the rubbish bin.
It's like creating your own art supplies for free.
This is a quick over view of what I do.
Separate the two layers of tissue that you usually get, and lay them onto a non stick surface. I am using an old plastic tray here.
Using an old wide brush and a mixture of approx. 3 parts water to 1 part PVA glue, flatten the tissue down onto the surface.
I iron the tissue flat first because it is easier to work with. (I avoid ironing my family's clothes if possible, but I am happy to iron used paper towels!!)
Keep adding layer upon layer of tissue until you are happy. You can put down blocks of colour or tear up strips to add more interest. You can also cut out shapes or trap things between the layers.
Three to four layers are usually enough, maybe less if you buy the posh stuff!!
Wait for it all to dry thoroughly and then it can be folded and cut up to make pages like these.
They can also be cut into shapes to make a paper quilt.