Know How To Fold ‘Em…

For some strange reason, Kenny Roger’s song, The Gambler was running through my  mind as I was preparing for today’s post.

Yes, I am aware that I changed my title a little different than the song’s lyrics. 🙂

I wanted to show you how I created the tie-dye affect with tissue paper in Tuesday’s post that you can find here, if you missed it: Swedish Tracing Paper

Below is a photo of the supplies I used:


I used Dr. Ph. Martin’s colored india inks, rubber bands, a water spritzer, a plastic palette and plastic gloves.

*The papers I used for today’s experiment were white tissue paper, Swedish Tracing Paper (sewn on my sewing machine) and deli paper.

First, I sprayed the tissue paper with water and folded it.  I used an accordion fold, then folded the paper in half and quarters.


Lastly, I wrapped a rubber band tightly around the tissue paper and added colored ink.  The plastic palette gives a place for the ink bundle to dry.


Below are my 3 bundles of the different *papers I used for this experiment:


The rubberband acts as a resist to the ink but also how the paper is folded.  I let them dry but sped up the process with a hair dryer so I could show you the results.

The tissue paper reveals a pattern of a Bleeding Heart flower to me:


The Swedish Tracing paper held more ink so I got an extra print on tissue paper:


Lastly, the deli paper experiment:


What I learned:

  • The deli paper dries the fastest so don’t let it dry too long or I won’t be able to unfold it.
  • Tissue paper is difficult to unfold wearing plastic gloves. 😉
  • I like the results best when I add more than one color of ink.
  • Make sure my rubber bands aren’t too old.  If they break, ink can splatter everywhere…
  • Protect my surface with a piece of paper and my hands with gloves since India ink is permanent.
  • Be open to the unexpected!

I hope you enjoyed seeing the results of my experiments today!  I look forward to hearing what you think.

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. Next week I will show you examples of how I used these experiments in my art.

18 responses to “Know How To Fold ‘Em…

  1. This looks like fun…I’ll put it on my list of things to try! (you know I love things with random and surprise results…) (K)

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  2. I love seeing the process and all the great tips. 💙Beautiful results, Jill!! Great post 💚😀

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  3. Very creative, I can’t wait to see what you do with these!

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  4. Thank you Jill, wonderful post. I must try your technique now.

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  5. Brilliant Jill!! Love this technique!!

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  6. A great idea Jill and great results….

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  7. They turned out so awesome! I’m sharing my finished Lesson 3 on Sunday’s post 🙂 – and my Amazon delivery guy just rang the doorbell with a new batch of Dr. Ph. Martin’s India Inks! WOOOHOO!

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  8. These are all fabulous! I love the top one, and yes it doesn’t remind me of Bleeding Hearts too.

    Can fabrics be far behind? 🙂 These prints would make lovely scarfs, wraps, pararoes/beach wraps, and cover ups en mon avis.

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    • Thank you Deborah, I like your idea of fabrics! 💕❤️ It would make a lovely scarf and beach wrap… oh, you have me thinking of summer! ⛱🌞 I love creating but not so good with selling… 😉 I had hoped to have more time to pursue my art but the employee we hired to replace me in hubby’s office didn’t work out… So or should I say, “sew” guess the fabric thing won’t be happening for a little while. Sigh. 😮

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      • I hope you’re able to get some textiles designed and create some scarfs, wraps, and stuff, and open an Etsy shop or Zazzle?
        Sorry to hear that person didn’t work out…there’s a reason you’re still needed there, but you’ll be able to go before too long. Hang in there! The right person will come along keep searching and trying you’ll know it when it happens. xx

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