Thursday, January 14, 2010

My Crafty Man- Part 2

In addition to cleaning up the workspace this weekend, I also got a little bit of crafting done.  Dillon and I used this TUTORIAL from Craftster to make marbleized paper.  We did it a little bit differently than her instructions, but you get the gist of it.  It was a really fun, cheap project that yielded tons of finished product.  We stopped at 15 sheets, but I could have gone on for hours!  You know it's fun, when the boy will take a break from watching football to participate.  Be warned though, it's very messy!  But then again, getting messy is part of the fun.

Some advice if you try this project-
- Go easy with the food coloring, a little bit goes a long way.
- Don't mix it too much or you might end up blending it all together.  A little white throughout is good.
- Don't worry so much about what the foam looks like in the pan.  It will look totally different once you wipe it off.  It's crazy how different.
- When you wipe it off, use the same paper towel over as much as you can.  It's a little messier but it wont hurt the pattern as the dye is already set in.  Otherwise, you'll end up going through soooo many paper towels.  And that makes Mother Earth sad.
- Re-use the foam in the tray.  You'll get a different effect every time.  We did this and ended up liking the subtle ones towards the end of the foam even more!
- We used 8.5 x 11 sheets (bigger than her recommended greeting card size) so when we set the paper in the tray we started by holding up one side and slowly laid the paper down.  (As opposed to putting it in flat all at once.)  That way there were no pesky air bubbles.

Check it out!

Some of them came out very saturated.

However, we liked the subtler ones the best.  The wispy qualities of these ones are so much more intriguing.

Our favorites.


So, who wants to go make a big mess now?!

Thanks for looking.


Kira said...

Ooooh, I want to try!

MafiosaGrrl said...

you should it was a lot of fun! I can't wait to use it all so I have a reason to do it again :)