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Cheesecloth Backgrounds *
©2008 Ruth Cooper Angelartistok

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Supplies you will need:

  • A piece of cheesecloth big enough to cover your cardstock
  • A protected spraying surface, I cover my counter with freezer paper and made a spraying booth out of a half panel of display board like the kids use for science projects.
  • Painters or removable tape
  • Cardstock
  • Color sprays of your choice (Quietfire has Adirondack Colour washes)


  1. Take a piece of cheesecloth a little bigger than your paper and pull some threads here and there for more interest.
  2. Tape it down to your work surface on the top edge.
  3. Slide a piece of cardstock under the cheesecloth, wrinkles can add more interest Spritz with a couple of color sprays (Note: the first piece is usually blotchy but still has texture)
  4. Pull up your cheesecloth carefully, slide first piece of cardstock out and replace with a fresh piece of cardstock.
  5. Carefully lay the wet cheesecloth back down, grab your brayer and brayer firmly over the second piece of cardstock, remember wrinkles add interest. Repeat process with spraying a first piece then brayering a second until you have as many sheets as you like.
  6. You will also get a terrific colored piece of cheesecloth to use in collage work. I changed cheesecloth when it got really saturated with color or I switched colors.
  7. Experiment and have fun!!!



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