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?
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!).
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,