My next "Junk Journal" will be full of color so in order for that to happen, I needed to make some colored papers. I bought some Kool-Aid packages (non-toxic!) and searched the Internet to find out how other paper artists were using this product.
Here's the recipe I used: 2 packets Cool-Aid, 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar.
The papers turned out to be more pink than purple so next time, I will add one more packet of grape Kool-Aid to the mix to see if that gives me a deeper color. But I liked the results on both copy paper as well as card stock.
I made the circles in the card stock by simply dripping the dye onto the papers from my gloved hand after the papers had a chance to dry a bit.
I got the crinkled paper by dipping the copy paper into the dye and then scrunching it up into a ball. Then I laid it out flat onto some newspapers to dry.
This was fun, economical, quick and easy, non-toxic, and made my studio smell like Kool-Aid! A good change from coffee and tea dyeing.
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Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!