Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Using walnut ink or tea staining

Walnut Ink and Tea- Staining
Staining gives your paper a lovely golden-brown color that looks very vintage. The technique combines very well with crumpling of your paper, as the walnut ink or tea bring out the texture you have created.
Dissolve walnut ink crystals in warm water according to directions on package—and desired strength. Many people use distilled water—however I usually use just regular tap water.
Instant tea crystals or coffee work best for staining, but regular tea bags are fine too. Mix the tea much stronger than you would drink 2-3 teaspoons in ½ cup of hot water or 1 tea bag in hot water….........soak for 10 minutes or more.
Pour the liquid mixture into a small glass or plastic pan. (Do not use metal, as it will react with the tea). Submerge your paper completely, and then blot it on a piece of paper towel.
Use a paintbrush or foam brush to apply the liquid to the paper like watercolor paint.
Consider applying with a sea sponge, or a toothbrush for a flecked splatter.
Store the liquid in a spray bottle and spray over a plastic coated container or over your kitchen sink for easy cleanup. Let the excess drip off and then lay the paper flat to dry on a paper towel.
You have to experiment and see what you like better, but walnut ink is more brown, whereas tea is a bit orange. Let yourself experiment and try both to see.

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