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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Paint Scraping Technique-Traci Bautista

Well, I spent some of my Christmas money on Traci Bautista's new book - Collage Unleashed. I really love her carefree attitude and style when it comes to making collage backgrounds. This particular technique is Paint Scraping.
All of these pieces use cheapo watercolor paper from Wal*Mart. These were a ton of fun and I highly recommend the book! If you would like to see directions for this technique, you can see it on the DIY Website/Craft Lab in an episode where Traci demo'd it on the show: Painted Papers: Color Scraping

Here are 2 - 8x10 inch canvas backgrounds I made with the Paint Scraping "leftovers"


  1. I LOVE your experiments with the paint scraping technique! Don't you just love her book, it so happens I was enjoying Traci's book even this morning and I'm gonna try dying some paper towels one of these days...Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi! Can you be more specific about how did you go about using the paint scraping technique? I would like to try this on thick primed canvas using natural pigments and it would be great if you could give me some tips.



  3. Hi!
    To get the best tutorial on this technique, I would recommend purchasing or borrowing from the library Traci B's book.
    Honestly, it is very easy. I used acrylic paints. I'm not sure what natural pigments are....?? If they are a spreadable medium, then it should work just fine.
    Take a look at the link to the HGTV episode that Traci was on. She goes into detail there......
    In a nutshell:
    Squirt or dab your acrylic or other medium onto the canvas and use the credit card to smooth and/or smoosh the colors around. Try to only scrape an area once. Once dry, you can add more layers of color, stamped images, glitter, and/or other "visual" goodies.
    I hope this helps a little. You can email me directly if you would like more info:

  4. Great technique. Your colors are terrific.

  5. Hello, congratulations for your great work, it is very impressive.

    I have a blog about blogging, design and tips; Was posting about blog backgrounds, and in my research I found your beautiful papers.

    I would like to ask for your permission to offer some of your images as blog backgrounds, named as you have them and with a link to your site and authory of course.

    I would very much appreciate your response.

    Thanks in advance for your answer whichever it be, and thanks very much for sharing yur craft.

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