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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:

-Scanner
-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

17 comments

  1. squamy

    squamy

    Wow! Its super pretty, must try this!

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  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.

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  3. ohnosyafika

    ohnosyafika

    HELEN IS A GENIUS!! <3
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  4. lamp

    lamp

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

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  5. dearjme

    dearjme

    Amazinggg <3

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  6. catherinejcruz

    catherinejcruz

    fantastic idea!

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  7. rhemaangel

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

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  8. mythguy9

    mythguy9

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

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  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.
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  10. carolsanem

    carolsanem

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

    brittany

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

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  12. clickiemcpete

    clickiemcpete

    Wow, that is way cool!

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  13. pathlost

    pathlost

    Indian fibre paper with metalic flecks works well too.
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  14. sexyinred

    sexyinred

    thanks for sharing this :D it's awesome!

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  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!

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  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.

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  17. mimifleuri

    mimifleuri

    Thanks for sharing! I got really inspired:
    http://www.lomograph(…)os/13333367

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