I also like it when they have downloadable PDF's. As I don't know about you, but I am continually making notes on classes and it is a great help if there is content to relate back too. I have several presentation binders that I have printed of the course material and info and they are my go to when I am researching info or simply inspiration. One day I will do a post on that, but for now - let's get to the the class I did recently that was part of the 21 Secrets Tools & Techniques.
Note: as this is a paid for class, I will not go into too much detail as that would be very disrespectful to Dirty Footprints and the instructor.
Any hoo, be sure to search her out - she will no doubt inspire you as well.
The product she was showcasing was called Tengucho. Now I don't now about you, but I had to go on a few hours internet search for find out what exactly with even was. From what I have found (aside that I can't find it here in Canada), was that it is a man made.
For centuries, handmade Tengucho (or Tengujo) was made in Japan out of Kozo fiber and known for its transparency & flexibility in uses. Machine made Tengucho paper have now replaced most Tengucho production, and is especially sought for conservation & repair, collage, and more.
via Hiromi Paper Inc.
After several hours of searching and trying to see if there was anything 'similar' out there to it, I decided that dry sheets were the closest I could come up with or maybe interfacing. Is it the same? I simply have no idea, but they look the same! So hey, why not try it out!! I had found a post on a lady using dryer sheets for something else I thought what was the worst that could happen? Knowing that I have allergies (and scents being a large one), I washed them again after they had been used. Yes, even though they are already unscented ones!
I will showcase the two pages I did using this product, but there are many more uses for this product.
I chose to use color my sheets using Lindy's Stamp Gang's Flat Fabios Neon Graffitti. I sprayed my non stick craft mat with three colors and then then spritzed with water and dropped the sheets onto the mat and mushed away. I let them dry fully before adhering to my journal. I did not prep my journal (I used my Canson Spiral Bound Mixed Media Journal) in any way as it was simply going to get adhered down with Matte Medium. I only did one sheet (9x12). One thing that I thought was interesting was how the colors really popped once the matte medium was applied and stayed even after it dried. The texture is very cool. I went an extra step and put a stencil over top and laid out some Super Heavy Gesso through it. Loved it!
I came up with a very cool idea (or so I thought) as I was laying it down onto the paper. Wonder what kind of texture I could get it if I was to start with a textured page first! So I pulled out my homemade 6x12" journal and used Light Modeling Paste through a Dyan Reavely Dylusions Stencil called Flower Medley. I laid it on both sides as I wanted to try it two different ways.
Once fully dry, I spritzed it heavily with water then dripped on some of my Daler Rowney Acrylic Inks (Paynes Grey and Flame Orange.
These needed to dry fully before I could go onto next step. I first wanted to adhere down untreated (colored) over top of this side that was already colored. Then I wanted to put a colored sheet over top of the plain modeling paste page and simply see what the difference would be.
I used the same color combo on the sheet to be applied to the opposite page.
I should have had my first clue with how the colors turned out on the sheet. Very dark and muddy! I decided to cut up the sheet and adhere it down that way hoping it would show even more texture.
Ya, not so much! No matter how close I get with the camera, you still can't see the 'texture' underneath. Thinking that I if had stuck to the lighter colors I had used before, I might have had better success.
So not wanting to ruin another page, I decided to simply put a deli sheet down over the pre-color page. Better, but still not happy with it.
Really not sure what to do here, so for now...
Lived it , didn't love it, learned from it, moving on from it.
Remember, this was totally my idea, nothing to do with the class! I find that many classes allow me to expand on their thought and therefore inspire me...sometimes it works, sometimes not so much!
Have a great weekend!