WOYWW 155 – paper towel playtime


Hello all!  What is on my desk today I wonder?  Well I know, but you don’t, yet.

First, an international comparison. On the left we have a typical American roll of paper towels (kitchen roll to my UK friends) and on the right the standard UK size.

Interesting, no?

Shift that away and you will see what I am playing with – I had read about using paper towels for art in a very old Somerset Studio and always hankered to give it a try.  So I did. I seem to be in a very kitchen-y mood with my experiments, between the waxed paper and now the towels.

And some of my samples, which TODAY I will be turning into something fabulous (gee, I’m optimistic!) Two for the price of one, as the towels are 2-ply.

And a paler one, with some over-stamping.

That should keep me busy.  I had planned on sorting my ATC but my printer died.  A new one is on order and I’ll hope it arrives in time.  If not, I can’t do what I want!  If I haven’t gotten it by Monday I’ll have to decide if I want to hold fast with my perfect idea or try to come up with another one that will accomplish the same thing.  All very cryptic but I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise for the recipient!

Anyway, hop on over to The Stamping Ground, home of the WOYWW weekly visit to desks hither and yon. SOMEONE will inspire you I promise!

<sigh> I remembered to go back and check to see if my trick of forcing the comment box to reappear actually worked, and the comments I left last week showed up.  They didn’t.  But in the wee hours I WAS able to comment on those sorts of blogs from my iPad.  So now it is just a matter of commenting on the ones I can from my desk top then scooting to my iPad to try from there.  I inch ever closer to developing the procedure to follow every week!

54 thoughts on “WOYWW 155 – paper towel playtime

  1. Love what you’ve done with the paper towels and can’t wait to see what happens next! Late visiting this week, but hope you’ve had a great week. I also enjoyed your blog on the stampmaker … I got one for xmas and haven’t really played with it yet … tut tut! I feel inspired now … Thanks for sharing Liz at 131 x

  2. Not fair you always get bigger. I look forward to seeing what you do with those beauties. I love the colours.

  3. very interesting technique using paper towels! Looks pretty! I had just assumed a roll of paper towels would be the same anywhere in the world. Obviously I was wrong!

  4. I guess we Americans believe “bigger is better!” LOL! I love, love, love your inked towels though! Can’t wait to see how you use them!! Melting them into the candles???

  5. I really love how the colors came out on the paper towel. Can’t wait to see what you do with them. #116

  6. Darn it – you guys always get it bigger better faster more….
    Love what you’re doing with it though – wish I had more time to just play.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  7. There is a huge difference in size there! Love the colours you used, fab.

  8. I love the towels all coloured up.
    I think the roll size says one of two things… Brits are not as messy or Brits are easier to rip off!!
    Laura 138

  9. Unfortunately it fades. for some reason i kept the towel I made 5 years ago and many faded and then one I made into a tissue box cover and quilted it has not, It is sort of addictive. Sue Bleisweiss taught this class back then.

    • Do you think it depends on what you use to colour it? For example, true dye inks, and Cosmic Shimmer mist is really vibrant but the distress inks/stains really fade, even overnight! I would expect “archival” quality inks to last, but then if the paper towels are full of acid/lignin, maybe they might. And I wonder, too, if a coating of gesso/Mod podge to seal it would make a difference? But who has the time to wait to see if it lasts or fades? 🙂

      Mary Anne

  10. The paper towel comparison is interesting — guess the UK among us (not me) make smaller messes?!? I’ve seen the paper towel projects in mags too. Yours came out nicely – can’t wait to see a finished project.

    Congrats on being number 1

    Happy WOYWW
    Kay #141

  11. Interesting the difference in the size of the paper towels and even more interesting what you are doing with them. The effects are great and I do like the second one with the stamping – look forward to seeing the something fabulous 🙂 Hope you are having a great WOYWW, Elizabeth x #127

  12. Who knew paper towels could be so pretty? Happy creating!

    Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #129

  13. What a fantastic idea – I love the effects you got with all those beautiful colours. Can’t wait to see what you make with them. Have a great week.

  14. What a great idea to play with the paper towels, especially love the second one.

    Brenda 123

  15. The towel looks great!!
    Happy WOYWW Wednesday!!
    Quickly to the next desk 😉
    Hugs Marleen #19

  16. Lol – well, I’ve never seen kitchen roll comparisons on WOYWW before, but there’s a first time for everything!! Where did you get the US version from?? Anyhow, I really like what you did with the sheets, that’s really clever 🙂
    Thank you for the kind comments on my blog – everyone has been so kind, it really is much appreciated. Btw, I am sorry I couldn’t help out with Julia’s WOYWW dolls, but they looked fabulous. Well done you for organising it!
    Hugs, LLJ #57 xx

  17. I can’t wait to see what you do with them. by the way, I scrolled back through and looked at what you did with wax paper and amazing!!! Lori #119

  18. Great looking backgrounds

  19. quite an interesting technique. I will have to try this one! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Hmmm interesting will have to come back and have a peek when its done. Sandy 🙂 #92

  21. Sorry Mary Anne, not left my number. still learning the WOYWW ropes!
    Kxoxo #54

  22. Happy woyww from 111. love what your doing with the kitchen towels, the way the ink has bled out on the over stamping looks great, nice colours too.

  23. Lovely surreal feel to the aqua paper-towel, gorgeous. Just out of interest are your Toilet- rolls twice as big too! Tee Hee!

  24. Ooooh must have bash at that! looks like you can get some interesting effects!

    I noticed my local shop is selling “The Big Roll”! I think it’s equivalent to a twin pack UK sized roll but the sheets are bigger…could possibly be the American one. Lasts for ages and not really that expensive either.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Happy WOYWW

    Jackie #98

  25. USA always seem to do everything bigger! Fab projects love the idea of using kitchen roll, might just try that! Take care on this wonderful sunny WOYWW day. Zo xx 78

  26. I once saw a video on Gina K’s blog about using kitchen towel to look like leather, I remember trying it and loving the results. I wonder why I never did that again? Your paper looks awesome! Love the overstamping effect.
    Happy WOYWW

  27. I would not worry about the printer ATC s made with that yummy kitchen towel will be super…have fun!

  28. well it’s like the food, over in USA the STARTERS are waaaaay tooo large, and we thought it was the main!! Over here…ummm…is that a pea?? No, only joking…but USA have rubbish switches!! so I guess they can have BIG rolls of kitchen paper if they want! Lovely and sunny here today off out in the garden very soon! Have a crafty week! HAPPY WOYWW

  29. love the comparison, everything IS bigger in the US 😉
    and the colorized towels look awesome!
    have a happy week,
    france #78 xx

  30. Your paper towel work looks lovely – soft pastels and diffused patterns as well as the brighter one. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them.
    Not sure about the huge roll. It wouldn’t fit my holder, and I react badly to the overall cost of changing things to be bigger, better, brighter when in fact they are no more effective and encourage waste. Now I’ll get off the soap box.
    Hope that printer problem has a quick solution.
    Ros. #64

  31. What a great idea to use paper towels and inks, they look like mulberry paper too. I have never noticed the kitchen roll difference but don’t get me started on the toilet paper differences lol. Hugs, Amanda x

  32. Oooh that paper does look very nice when it is all inked up – definitely better value with the USA type. Congrats on getting to the No. 1 spot!!! Anne #18

  33. Fabulous paper towels! I must make time to play with them myself!

    Congrats on the #1

    Zoe #76

  34. gorgeous stuff, loving the two ply factor and who’d have thought there would be such differences with paper towel!

  35. Fabulous desk and Brilliant colours too. Hugs from a very sunny Scotland. Rita xx

  36. like the inky stamped one. have you ever tried putting them through an embossing folder?
    have a great wednesday
    caroline #31

  37. sorry, helen at 17 (wouldn’t let me go back to add that to the last comment!)

  38. No wonder I go through so many kitchen rolls if ours are so much smaller…. Hope you get your printed sorted in time, it sounds fascinating..!!

  39. Love your paper towel backgrounds they are awesome.

    Eliza #49

  40. Fabulous post… Love the idea of using paper towels in projects.. I think we all will be having a try at this one!! Fabulous colours and stamping… Hugs May x x x#30

  41. Paper towels on my desk as well this week, maybe we can start a worldwide trend. Yours look lovely.

    Ann B

  42. Love the paper towel art and a bigger size paper towel would be great. I must admit I was overwhelmed with the sizes of some things we saw when visiting the States.

  43. Great paper towels, have. Great week hugs trace x 35

  44. Oh wow… I think we have here in Finland the UK size… European. Great colours!
    Happy WOYWW!
    Tuire #34

  45. love the stamping around the edges and have fun today plus hope your printer comes soon

    Lisa #16

  46. woo hoo! Interesting…I love all the colors in you kitchen towel experiment. Looks like fun and something I might have to try! Have a great week. Vickie #28

  47. What a great project! I’ve been keeping a roll of paper towels in my craft room for years in the hopes that I do something like this! Maybe you’ll give me the push I need!

  48. Wow, so pretty! Love it.
    Aeryn @ #29

  49. …gosh what a difference is size!…amazing what you’ve achieved it gives such a cool effect, I don’t suppose you’d of been able to heat dry though…I’ll definately give this a try, thanks for sharing…Mel 🙂 #21

  50. I know they say that everything is bigger in America but that is ridiculous! Love what you did with the paper towel, the colours are fabulous. I have just started to play with blobbing (technical term for splodging colour), not going too well as I keep trying to paint not blob. Hope your printer arrives in time.
    Have a great week.
    Von #22

  51. I like it that you compared the two towel sizes. What a unique difference. I was off visiting another WOYWWer when I saw Julia had posted. Looks like you made it to #1 while I hadn’t even posted yet (grin). Happy WOYWW from #9.

  52. wow, the size of the towels is interesting…what about cost comparison? Very cool technique you are playing with too! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina 🙂

  53. Never thought to do this play with paper towel.looks grerat!!

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