Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Da Vinci Triptych by Katy

Promised I would show you how I created the papers for this triptych featuring Da Vinci stamp set from Rubber Dance. So here we go!

I aged my own paper using totally natural dyes; here's how:

Step 1: Stamp images in Archival or other waterproof ink onto ordinary copier paper. Steep a teabag in hot water and when it has cooled a little, wipe the teabag over the paper. Apply fairly randomly. Allow to dry at least partially.

Step 2: Squeeze a lemon to get some juice. Take up the juice with a paintbrush and flick the lemon juice onto the tea-stained paper. Also add some larger areas with the brush.

Step 3: Heat the paper - you may need to heat it for some time to get the juice to 'burn'. You can see here that the light spatters bleach out the tea and the larger areas burn to create 'aged' splotches. This is a great way to age paper that uses items everyone has at home. 

Step 4: The Triple Arch frame (which is by Tando Creative) is embossed using Rubber Dance's Flourishes background stamp in gold UTEE. I then sprayed the frame with various colours of Distress Stain Spray to colour it and finished by knocking back the gold with a bronze gilding wax.

The easel is also sprayed with the Distress Spray Stains - these rock - you need them!

These are the stamps I used:

DAV1-L: Da Vinci
BK2-1E: Flourishes
Why not have a go at this technique for your entry to the Rubber Dance Colour Challenge, which this month features vintage tones?

Katy x


  1. Great way to display these lovely images Katy. I love the au natural ageing of the paper too!

  2. Very interesting way of aging paper, although I would drink the tea first. Lovely project!

    1. teeheee, I know you would, Gabi! How often have I seen you without a cup of tea nearby? It's a rare sight ;)

  3. WOW!!! Dear Katy, it's so cool creation as always!!! :) I love your creative ideas very much!!! :) xoxo
    ~Olga Kovalchuk

  4. Thanks for explaining how you aged the paper!!!

  5. Very good technique and a beautiful finished project :D

  6. Thank you so much, Katy - this is stunningly beautiful!! I, too, love how you aged the paper. Must try! :-))

  7. This is a very cool technique! TFS, Katy ♥


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