Create Textured Collage Papers with Rubbing Alcohol

If you’ve ever wondered how to add depth and texture to your collage papers, this Tune in Tuesday art demo

is a treasure trove of techniques and tips.

I am so excited to share this technique to create intriguing layered collage papers using rubbing alcohol.

All you’ll need is acrylic paints, rubbing alcohol, and some simple tools like eyedroppers and brushes. You can use any paper you have on hand, but I usually use with copy paper, mixed media paper, or old book pages. Although the supplies are simple, it produces fascinating results.

After applying a light layer of acrylic paint on the paper, the magic begins when you strategically drop rubbing alcohol onto it. This interaction between the alcohol and wet paint is what creates the intricate designs on the paper. Things get even more interesting as you play with adding more even layers (after giving the last layer time to completely dry), making it feel almost three-dimensional.

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Supplies Used

Rubbing alcohol, 70 or 91% 
Mixed media paper 108 lb. 

Copy paper 28 lb. 

Eye Droppers 

Small jars for mixing paint 

or Glass petrie dishes 

Water basin
Large 3” flat brush 
MDF ¾ inch board cut at hardware store
Acrylic paint (I use Nova brand)

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