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ddcmsmom
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A few months back, I saw a tip for softening bright colors in papers. I just pulled out a brightly colored paper I want to use, and of course, I can't find that tip anywhere. Do any of you have ideas for toning down those too bright colors?


 
ddcmsmom
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In response to ddcmsmom

I should clarify - the technique involved using either paint or ink, but I'm not sure what kind was used. If you've got any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!


 
corrie fan
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In response to ddcmsmom

I have tried whitewashing over patterned paper and it toned it down. Never tried anything real. It was a technique class and only on a small area ( we were working on 5x7).



 
Tiffany428
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I recently saw a Youtube video by Nicolejones911 in which she used a gesso to white wash her paper to tone it down. I'll see if I can find it....


Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oV5gLNo5jU&a mp;list=UU...

She covered the whole entire page. And I guess you can go lighter or heavier with the gesso to your liking.


Edited by Tiffany428 on 09-14-14 04:18 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
SherylEb
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I've seen gesso, then wipe, spread it around with a wet baby wipe. Vickypgr has some great videos and she uses this.


 
BonjourScrap
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In response to SherylEb

What about lightly distressing it with sandpaper ?


 
ashley.calder
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In response to BonjourScrap

I've toned down paper using a mix of gesso or white acrylic paint, plus matte gel. The combination makes a sort of white glaze.
I've also used watered-down gesso, but it tends to be a bit messier and warp the paper a bit more (which doesn't really bother me, but I know some people don't like that side effect!).


 
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In response to ashley.calder

this is a great idea


 
RedSquirrel UK
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In response to anda11

I've dry-brushed white acrylic paint onto busy patterned paper to make a frame for the photos. If you just put a little paint on a dry brush and brush it on lightly, you can still see the pattern through it,


 
Bxr-Linda
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In response to RedSquirrel UK

Layer a sheet of vellum over it.


 
rebeccakeppel
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In response to ddcmsmom

I usually use a coat of gesso for those too bright colors.


 
Solitaire
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In response to rebeccakeppel

What would happen if you brush on some bleach (but not enough to warp the paper) and use a hair dryer to dry it?


 
RedSquirrel UK
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Bleach? Well your paper wouldn't be neutral pH any more if you did that! It would be pretty though. You can get some lovely effects with bleach.


 
OlesyaK.
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I think I used tim holts white picket fence dabbers a time or two to tone down the paper. it's paint but it's thinnish and transparent, if the paper is cardstock quality, it'll be okay.


 
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In response to ddcmsmom

Since paper is my favorite & most abundant supply, I can usually avoid the dilemma by selecting a different color of cardstock or patterned paper. Otherwise, some techniques:

- Vellum - covering the entire background or added as strips for texture

- Strips - paper, washi, or ribbon break up the brightness & add dimension

- Mist - a light color sprayed over the entire sheet softens the bold color/pattern & adds interest

- Acrylic paint - usually white, dry brushed over the entire sheet adds movement

HTH


 
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I have used chalk. great thing about chalk is you can erase it if you don't like the result.
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