The Creative Diarist: Mulberry Paper Tipster


Helen from top crafty blog The Creative Diarist is back with another genius (and surprisingly simple) way to make your Lomographic prints even more beautiful!

The Creative Diarist is a super sweet blog, all about photography, Art, and crafty tips. We’re honoured to have a second guest tipster from Helen, the editor, this time about printing onto unusual papers…

Alternative ways of printing your analogue photographs: Mulberry Paper

You will need:

-Inkjet Printer
-A sheet of A4 Mulberry or Handmade Paper
-Glue Stick
-Printer Paper

Why I love it:

One of the best things about shooting with a Lomo camera is sometimes not the subject of the photograph but the mood or atmosphere is captures with its quirky features: light leaks and dreamy imagery. I’ve found that printing on to mulberry paper preserves the magical essence of the lomo image and the delicate and soft texture of the paper produces a much more ethereal quality as opposed to printing on to regular glossy photo paper.

Another great thing about this technique is that anybody can do it!

The Process:

Firstly scan your image into the computer and save it as a digital file.

Next, using a glue stick lightly glue a piece of normal printer paper to the back of your A4 mulberry or handmade paper (Both work nicely)

Print the image as you would normally but so that it prints on to the sheet of mulberry paper.

And lastly carefully peel the backing paper off and you will be left with your image on a lovely semi translucent sheet of mulberry paper. If you’re feeling really adventurous you could even add stitch or use it as part of a college. I also really like layering images or text underneath it to add another element to the piece. The possibilities are endless!

Experiment and have fun experimenting with printing your photographs on to different surfaces!

For more examples you can visit my blog The Creative Diarist , I’d love to see what you come up with!

written by littlemisslove on 2011-04-12 in #gear #tipster #quickie-tipster #scanning #decoration #top-tipster-techniques #handicraft #creative-diarist #tipster #art


  1. squamy
    squamy ·

    Wow! Its super pretty, must try this!

  2. atreyuthechild
    atreyuthechild ·

    damn. this. is. awesome... I bet this would look incredible with doubles. It seems overexopsed stuff looks mega dreamy when the patterns come into play.

  3. ohnosyafika
    ohnosyafika ·


  4. lamp
    lamp ·

    What a good idea - really want to try this out :)

  5. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    Amazinggg <3

  6. catherinejcruz
    catherinejcruz ·

    fantastic idea!

  7. rhemaangel
    rhemaangel ·

    *makes note to self -- stop at local art supply store to pick up some mulberry paper ....

  8. mythguy9
    mythguy9 ·

    After you peel off the backing paper, how do you preserve the mulberry print? Store it in a photo frame / glass?

  9. creativediarist
    creativediarist ·

    you can do anything you want with it. it looks lovely in a glass frame, or you can lightly tear the edges and preserve it in a scrapbook. i've even tried creating a lampshade with it. i'd love to see what you come up with.

  10. carolsanem
    carolsanem ·

    this is amaizing! i loved the this tipster and your creative diarist!!

  11. brittany
    brittany ·

    sooooo cool!!! I'm going to try it!!

  12. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    Wow, that is way cool!

  13. pathlost
    pathlost ·

    Indian fibre paper with metalic flecks works well too.

  14. sexyinred
    sexyinred ·

    thanks for sharing this :D it's awesome!

  15. piffkin
    piffkin ·

    Just spent an hour picking the bits of mulberry paper out of my printer!!! When I'm feeling braver I'll have another go! Great effect!

  16. naomac
    naomac ·

    Gave this a try today with some handmade paper from the art shop, also tried printing it on acetate with ink still wet and pressed the paper on top a cool effect too.

  17. mimifleuri
    mimifleuri ·

    Thanks for sharing! I got really inspired:

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