I'm hosting a hand-decorated paper swap over at the Embellished Circus and this weekend I made my paper. I was going for a warm, layered polka dot pattern.
Step 1: I punched out small circles from patterned paper and glued them to the white background. Step 2: Cut out circles from orange tissue paper and attach them with a layer of clear gel medium.
Step 3 & 4: Paint loose circles around the tissue circles with gesso, then paint into the gesso with orange paint.
Step 5: Paint over the entire sheet with a wash of watered down orange paint to fill in the white spaces with color.