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DIY art…Art for pennies…

I love those fancy-schmancy bits of art in TJ maxx and Homegoods, but I refuse to pay $30.00 for something that can be made for almost free… I already had a garage sale frame and an old dictionary, so it was just the cost of printer ink and paper for an easy DIY art project.

Print your favorite image on regular old computer paper ( I have an ink jet printer.).
Lightly tape the edges of your image down underneath with double stick tape so that it doesn’t curl when it dries.

Then, brew a cup of black tea and use the tea bag to lightly dab across the surface.
Ink jet ink smears and bleeds easily, so don’t rub across the image too much.

easy way to age paper with a brewed tea bag

If you let drops fall onto the image, it spreds the ink and looks really old and water damaged.
After it’s dried,

I used double stick tape to ape old dictionary pages that had the words flutter and cocoon on them,

vintage image framed with an old book page

then I mounted the image onto the pages the same way.

And framed it. 🙂
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