What is deli paper?
Deli paper is a very thin (like tissue paper), slightly translucent paper originally used to wrap sandwiches!
Over the last few years, it has become super popular for art journalling, painting, scrapbooking, gelli printing, stamping and so on…
Here you get a pack of 10 sheets, 10″ x 10.75″ each (please note each sheet is folded in half: this is normal and is how it is made by the manufacturer. Don’t worry though as the crease will pretty much disappear as you paint on it or when you glue it down to your journal, canvas or other project).
This deli paper is quite thin and transparent (no lines showing through) with a slight waxed coating on one side only.
20/04/18 update: we have changed our deli paper to one that is slightly thinner and slightly more transparent for even better collages 🙂
Why use deli paper in art journalling and painting?
- it’s ultra thin and slightly transparent
- it resist liquids meaning you can paint, ink, gesso and so on on top without bleeding through
- it’s inexpensive
Where to buy deli paper?
It seems impossible to find the same paper used by mixed media artists in the US because, well, it isn’t readily available in Australia!
Until now we have had to be content with using baking paper or tissue paper but it’s just not quite the same…
So here are Mixed Media Store Australia, we decided to import deli paper from the states so you too can have the same fun as everyone else 🙂
Deli paper art journal ideas and tutorials
1. Paint fun colourful shapes then doodle directly on top like Cat Hand…
2. Decorate a plain box!
Once you have a few painted sheets, why not use them in mixed media projects such as decorating a plain box with them? Follow Cat Hand’s idea and use Mod Podge or gel medium to glue your paper to the box.
3. Use deli paper strips in a background
Cut your painted paper into strips and incorporate them in your art journal with Mimi Bondi (no deli paper at the time so baking paper was used instead!)
4. Paint it then create whimsical blooms!
Mimi Bondi created this tutorial especially for the November 2016 issue of MixedUp Magazine.
If you haven’t painted on deli paper before, or used it in your art journal, this tutorial should hopefully have you buzzing with fun ideas on how to use it by the end of it ?
Make sure to use a black Dylusions journal to make your flowers pop!