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Mixed Media Revolution by Sandra Duran Wilson, Darlene Olivia McElroy

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Naturally Preserved

Do you have a dried flower that is so fragile it might fall apart if touched? You really want to use it in your art, but you can’t turn it into amber, like a bug in tree sap. So what’s an artist to do? Let us show you how to do the next best thing: Simply encase your delicate materials between two pieces of tissue paper and seal with polymer medium. This is a good way to create beautiful collage papers to use in your art.

Step 1

Put a plastic bag on top of your work surface. Lay a piece of tissue paper down on the plastic and gently paint the tissue paper with polymer medium that has been slightly diluted with water.

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