Somehow I knew. I had a feeling. That little sneaking suspicion that there is a thing called karma. But certainly it did not apply to some things, not all things.

When I wrote that blog post about my husband’s last minute search for a swimsuit in the dead of winter, did I think those words would come back to haunt me?

The thought never crossed my mind.

But now Karma has reared its ugly head. I leave to meet a group of artists in Spain next week and thought it was about time to sit down and peruse the Itinerary and Supply List:

  • Watercolor paper – check.
  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange – check.
  • 2″ flat brush – check.
  • Be sure to bring a swimsuit – Whaaaaaaa?

Do they know how long it has been since my legs have seen the sun? Heck, with this year’s rough winter, my legs haven’t even been exposed to the air for the past 6 months. I keep those babies padded up warmly all winter long. I’m afraid to even take a look and see what’s there.

So, I’m off today to search for something that could be worn to the pool. Maybe there’s something that’s not quite a swimsuit, but would still fit the bill. A long skirt-type-thing perhaps. Or a strapless, nether-region-covering Capri thing. Hmm. I can see this will be challenging.

What’s a girl to do? Sigh.

Let’s forget about all that for now. On to bigger and better things.

USING THE STAINED PAPERS you did from last week’s blog.

There are several ways you can make use of the papers. As the major part of a piece of work, for example, OR as just an accent here and there, OR to cover something your don’t like and want to change.

You can apply the papers to watercolor paper, canvas….just about anything, actually, because the matte medium (which is our glue) turns to plastic when dry.


Acrylic Matte (or gloss) Medium is used as the ‘glue’. You can purchase it at any art supply store or online. Any brand will work. I usually just get the least expensive.

Dilute acrylic matte medium just a bit – about 1/3 water to 2/3 medium. Using an old brush, paint a small patch of medium in a thin layer underneath where you will be laying a piece of the paper – then lay the paper on top and brush another bit of the medium on top of the paper, pressing out any bubbles as you do this. There should be very little medium laying on top of the paper surface. If there’s a lot, lay a thin paper towel (cheap ones are the best) on top, brayer, then QUICKLY lift before it gets glued down. Gotta be quick!

Overlapping the papers is a must. It gives a wonderful effect! You do not have to seal or spray the finished piece with anything because the Acrylic Matte Medium dries to plastic and is totally archival and permanent.

In these two photos, I began with a bit of painting then began to apply stained papers all over the top background. You can see this in Step One:


Here, in Step Two I’ve continued to apply papers, OVERLAPPING them and taking them slightly over the painted section to help “join or integrate” them. See how the overlapping gives even more color variety and in some places a sort of “ghosting”?


That is the basic process. It’s simple and fun.

Would you like to try this entire project, “Crows in my Garden.’? If so, you can CLICK HERE to access instructions.

Enjoy! Until next week…….


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