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How to Dye Paper by hibbary How to Dye Paper by hibbary
Edit: For those of you interested in larger versions of the paper texture examples, here is a packet containing those and a few extras [link]

Also, thankyou so much for the DD :3 I am glad that people find the information interesting and helpful.

A HUUUUUGE file! So please be patient! If you have any questions or need any help, just tell me.

This is very basic stuff, but paper dying is fairly intuitive. Sometimes, though, it's nice to have assurance that something is as easy as it seems. :3

Note: A few people have asked about the archival nature of the natural dyes, and another deviant has informed me that no, the teas, juices, and so forth are not archival and that they will alter in color as they age. Archival has never been a thing I have worried about (much to the distress of my drawing professor) and so I didn't even think about it. But if you want your paper to remain the same color forever and ever, an archival, artist's dye needs to be used.
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How to Dye Paper by *hibbary makes it all look so easy, and with the examples included at the end it's sure to make you want to have a go at dying your own paper. ( Suggested by paintspills and Featured by thespook )
Crimson-Wolf2323 Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks i've all ways wanted to know how to die paper 
one of my old ... ooooold teachers told me about this, but she never showed us how to do that.  thank you for this tutorial  :heart:
NinjaFoxsBuddy Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Would this work with heavy-weight sketchbook paper?
hibbary Jan 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sorry for taking so long to reply. I didn't see your comment.

It can if the sketchbook paper is heavy enough. The thing about paper is this: If the sheet is smaller, it can be thinner and still be flattened after it gets wet. The bigger paper is, the thicker it needs to be not to warp. So you could dye little tiny squares of very thin paper.

My suggestion is just to do a quick experiment to see what your paper can take.
NinjaFoxsBuddy Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's ok and thank you for the help :)
I did this for a history project and tried to get that old feeling..
You can try using printer paper crumbling it, open it, crumble it again, then straighten, and then stain it, dry it, and take a candle or stationary heat source and burn the edges and sort of leave those brown burn marks on some sides... it looks really nice!
Little-Lockhart Sep 29, 2012  Student Interface Designer
KeennaK Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's very cool.

Since I was a little girl I wanted to someday use these methods to create a "treasure map" and play with my friends.

In recent years I'm very creative and motivated with a project, so I can use it to create some maps, but not with the same purpose as I was a child.

I will use your tutorials and publish the results on DeviantArt. ^^
CzarnaArcher May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great tutorial. I already used it once and it gave me fabulous result (both in colour and texture of paper).
jeddie84 May 20, 2012  Student General Artist
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