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Published on Jan 22, 2013

I can't find any methylcellulose to do this the "Turkish" way, so I found a simpler way... take full strength Sta-Flo liquid starch and fill a shallow pan, and fill a 2nd shallow pan with water (for rinsing). water down some acrylic paints with about half water, half paint. lay out some newspapers for drying. I used the ends of a double pointed knitting needle (needle), but you can use anything metal that will hold paint at the tip or individual paint brushes. Take the "needle" and dip it to your mixed paint, and then touch the tip with the paint barely to the surface of the liquid starch, and watch the paint flow out into a circle. Wipe "needle" clean, or use a different brush for each paint, and dip it into another color. touch this new color to the inside of the previous circle, making a "bulls-eye" effect. repeat this until you have desired look, and take a toothpick or wooden skewer and drag it through your paint "bulls-eye" to make desired image. Have fun! experiment! If you dont like the results, simply swirl the paint to make awesome "marble" effects and leave this as a background, and start over with your bulls-eyes. When you have an image you like, take a piece of Rice Paper (found at craft stores) and simply lay the paper over the image in the liquid. Let paper rest a moment, and CAREFULLY lift the paper up and allow starch liquid to drip off into pan, then lay paper with design into pan filled with water to help rinse some of the extra starch off the paper. when finished, CAREFULLY lift paper out of water and allow to drip, then CAREFULLY lay paper with image on newspapers to dry. I have learned that it takes some steady smooth hands to keep the paper from tearing apart when it is wet, as I have messed up many a beautiful images by not being CAREFUL. Enjoy! and experiment a lot! Nothing can ever be made twice the same way, so everything is unigue!

I use Rice Paper because don't have to treat it first. Regular drawing paper or painting papers will not pick up all the paint, and the paints will run. I do not know exactly how to treat the paper, but if you search for it, you use alum to treat it.

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