Monday, February 12, 2007

TP Casting Card

TP CASTING (Toilet Paper Casting)
Scott Single Ply Toilet Paper * Small Spray Bottle w/Water * Watercolor Brush – Stipple Brush – OR Q-Tip * Plastic Work Surface or Counter Top *

Tear off 10 squares of toilet paper.
Lay the stamp rubber side up.
Start with one square of toilet paper onto the stamp, mist with water…then apply another square…repeat the process.
Be sure to press the toilet paper after adding each sheet. Press firmly with your fingers over the stamp image.
If the stamp is detailed with deep grooves…use a brush to stamp the wet toilet paper into those areas. Make sure it’s fairly wet as you apply more toilet paper.
Water & pressure are what keeps the sheets together.
After placing 7-8 layers of toilet paper you will see quite a bit of detail. You can add a little watercolor to your castings. Add watercolor to the damp paper from the back. Then finish applying the rest of the layers. You can peel away the tissue while it is still damp to see if you will need to add more color. Be sure to make the brush damp not wet. Over wetting will lose some of the detail.
After the 10th sheet has been added…firmly press it down.
Remove the excess paper edges by gently tearing downwards on it at the same time supporting the edge of the image with your other hand.
Gently peel off & let it air dry. As it dries it does tend to curl up. Turn it frequently and pat it down to help it straighten out. It was suggested to put it under a box of stamps after it has dried. The weight of the box keeps it from curling up again.
Once it’s dried you can trim the edges with straight or decorative scissors.
If you decided to not watercolor your casting (#7), you could add color, using pastels. Lightly spray seal the castings with a sealer spray…this will deepen the colors slightly.

Coloring thoughts for TP Casting:
· The first layer of TP that you apply is the first one you’ll see on the finished project. The more layers you add the thicker the piece will be. You start to lose detail…but that’s okay because the detail is lost on the back of the piece.
· The color does show through. Intense colors work best…making sure that the brush isn’t too wet as the TP is already damp. The colors tend to spread out. The colors soften & blend. Don’t worry about coloring in detail…in fact the pieces look great without any color at all!
· If using the pastels/chalks to color, use a blender pen & use while the TP Casting is wet. This gives a soft watercolor look. Applying pastels/chalks just doesn’t look right.
· You can also use sponges. Ink up a quarter of a sponge (a stamping sponge cut into quarters) & tap down into the wet TP. It bleeds beautifully into the TP.

Stamps used: Hero arts E3754 full blossom I, lace stamp by Inkadinkado

These instructions came from the lists of stamping techniques thread from SCS.

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