Monday, April 12, 2010

C020 Wax Paper Vellum

Mix ¼ cup of water with 11/2 tablespoons of water based glue – children’s glue works best. Stir till well mixed. You should get about 10 sheets of vellum from this recipe.

We need 1 ply of Kleenex so separate each one. Use approximately 12” lengths of wax paper per tissue. Set one piece of tissue in the center of one sheet of wax paper. Using a 2” foam brush, dip into your glue mixture and very gently paint your tissue, starting in the center and working your way to the outside edges. We all know what happens to a 2 ply Kleenex when it gets wet so you can only imagine what happens to a 1 ply if you don’t work gently. The edges rip easily but don’t let that concern you as we won’t be using the edges. Your tissue has probably become wrinkled by now so very gently, pull out whatever wrinkles you can with your brush. The wet tissue slides easily on the wax paper. Don’t worry about the air bubbles or the wrinkles that you couldn’t get out – they will give texture to your vellum.

You can also add food coloring to your glue solution if you want colored vellum.

Repeat this procedure to the other 9 pieces of 1 ply tissue and wax paper. Let dry about 4 hours. Trim the wax paper away from the edges of the tissue. Place vellum, Kleenex side up, one sheet at a time, between two pieces of paper. Iron with a hot iron to create a semi smooth service.

The first time I made this, I spent a whole day trying to remove the wax paper from the dried tissue! DON’T … it is part of the vellum!

The next two posts will be cards I made using Wax Paper Vellum.  I rarely do this technique after learning the Printer Paper vellum technique. (type C088a in the Search box to refresh your memory).

Thankyou to Kristy Christopherson for sharing this technique with me!

First taught this on July 18, 2001.

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