I don’t think so. I watched a LOT of YouTube while I was in bed feeling unwell. It was a great time to catch up on things or explore new stuff. I fell a bit down a junk journal rabbit hole for sure, and you know YouTube. Once you watch one thing, they think it is your new obsession so they just keep serving it up. I saw a LOT of very similar methods to create faux rice paper by coating both sides of tissue paper/napkins/etc with watered down PVA glue then leaving it to dry. I had some deli paper prints/mop ups so I decided to try that. The process is simple – lay down freezer paper, coat an area with the thinned out PVA then lay on the paper you want to transform and cover that with the PVA and leave to dry.
OK so maybe it is the fact that the deli paper doesn’t actually absorb the PVA mixture but the whole thing feels very plastic-y in the end.
I ended up sticking it to a large sheet of book paper, which gave it some body, then lined it with a roll-off sheet to complete the cover.
And just like the January one, this one needs a month name added. But I might just keep making the monthly covers and select each one towards the end of the previous month. That way I can assign them to a month as I like. Maybe this one will feel like March, maybe it will feel like August, who knows? Only January, because I have begun working in it, and February, because it has one less sheet in the signature cause I only need 28 sides, are currently set in stone.
Am I ready to give up on this faux rice paper idea? Maybe. I might at some point try tissue paper or napkins, just to see what the difference is in texture, or maybe try using matte medium rather than PVA, which might end up slightly less plastic-y feeling in the end. But then again I may just say Well, that was interesting…. and move on. Maybe in the end it will be how hardy the cover is that informs my decision. Time will tell.