I experimented some more with the paper castings. This time I was able to actually wind up with some. They are not quite what I wanted, but at least I have a better sense of how to go about making them. I discovered that in my previous experiments I was evidently using the wrong product, but thanks to Doreen I was able to determine exactly what I should have used in the first place.
Anyway, these are what I came up with:
The two top castings are the ones from before made with TP and/or paper towels. The four on the bottom row are my latest effort. I brushed the top two with acrylic paint just to see if the design would collapse or not. They held up quite well, however, if I had made the paint thinner the designs would have flattened out.
I tinted the four on the bottom with Adirondack Color Wash while they were still on the stamps but the color did not seep through to the front like I expected it to except for the last (darker) one. I did a color wash after they were dry. I am leaving as is for the time being.
I also fused a piece of white tissue paper to a piece of pellon. I painted it using an acrylic, a neopaque and the Adirondack color wash. When it dried I added the splotches of gold.
I also used some watered down acrylic to paint a dryer sheet. I just tossed it on the tissue piece to take the photo below.
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