To make these fabric paper backgrounds I used Tyvek – you can use cotton and muslin too but I dont have any – *sob* – so I have to use tyvek.
Get a sheet of tyvek or muslin or open weave cotton, place it onto some plastic (I used carrier bags), smear on el cheapo white school glue all over one side, then cover with printed tissue paper, apply another layer of glue, cover with a sheet of plain tissue paper, more glue over the top of that, then add paint or colour medium of your choice. Let air dry overnight 0 or longer and youve got yourself a lovely wrinkly sheet of colourful fabric paper.
Sources For Printed Tissue for Fabric Paper:
Printed napkins or serviettes, printed tissue papers – 7 Gypsies have a range of printed tissue papers, also check out very thin paper bags with patterns on them or paper used in florists to wrap flowers in. Any store which sells handmade gifts usually have nice paper printed bags – I’ve collected them for years – did you know you can iron the paper bags to make transfers of the patterns onto paper?
For my backgrounds I used both printed napkins and tissue papers, after reading how some members where having problems applying the colour to the final layer because the tissue paper was tearing, I decided to cut out the middleman and I mixed a little bit of acrylic paint into some pva glue and painted it onto the final layer as a glaze – less mess that way and you only need to add one final layer!
Heres my backgrounds, click on the pictures if you wanna see them bigger: