Tips for Using Copy or Drawing Paper for Mixed Media Projects with Briana

Putting marks, paint, ink, and color on paper is one of my favorite things to do. As
a mixed media artist or dabbler, you might feel the same way, too!

Over time, I have learned that I am not into perfection. I much prefer play and experimentation.

Today, I invite you to play with copy paper or drawing paper as your substrate.

It’s easy to assume that such paper is not up to the task for mixed media play. However, through trying things, I have learned that I love thinner paper for the following:  collage (it’s easier to cut and glue), handmade envelopes (it’s easier to fold), and book making (more pages fit into a signature with thinner paper).

Tips for Using Copy or Drawing Paper

Tip No. 1:

Starting with a scraped or brayered layer of acrylic paint adds some durability to thinner paper.

Tip No. 2:

When using a stencil, brayering over it makes for a messy result. I would recommend using a cosmetic wedge or a stencil brush for applying the paint, even with larger stencils like this Chakras 2-Om Crown, 12 x 12 stencil.

Tip No. 3:

Spray inks work great for large stencils, like the 12 x12 Coral Series, as well as the Chakras 2-Om Crown, 12 x 12 stencil.

I envision some lovely handwriting/journaling in black ink, to the right of this OM symbol.

In summary, there’s a lot you can do with “regular” paper. Acrylic paint makes for a great base layer. From there, adding stamps, stencils, handwriting, ink, markers, and watercolor are just some of your many options.

May you give yourself the privilege of playing with copy or drawing paper sometime soon. It’s quite fun! And who doesn’t need more fun in their life, right?

Sending Blessings and Gratitude to you all,

Briana of

Lisa Cousineau
Lisa Cousineau


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