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I love to create my own decorated papers to use in my designs and collages. One method I like to use also has the advantage of recycling magazine pages. You could also use junk mail or catalog pages.
I start by covering the magazine pages with gesso, using haphazard brush strokes to create texture.
Then I brush on acrylic ink, again using haphazard brush strokes.
Next, I bring out my gel plate, acrylic paint and tools, including brayers, texture plates, and graining tools.
The final step is to pull the print and let it dry.