Many thanks to Carole and Jen for the muslin offers but I finally managed to lay my hands on some here! I tried a spot of tea dying and am quite pleased with the results. I also dipped a couple of crepe paper rolls and finished the edges with antique ink sprayed with water.I've also been having fun with acrylic, plastic wrap and transfers. The techniques have been around for yonks but there are some particularly nice examples in the publications below. Artist Trading Card Workshop by Bernie Berlin is a superb book jam packed with paint techniques and ideas. A while ago I mentioned Claudine Hellmuth's Collage Discovery Workshop: Beyond the Unexpected but I'll say it again as it's such a great book! She uses loads of plastic wrap and sticky back plastic to make backgrounds. You can see her here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9mL5hk6ieQ demonstrating transfers. The Sept 2008 issue of the German mag Just Stamps features an article on Image Transfer by Anke Humpert http://h2u6a2n6a4.blogspot.com/ who uses watery acrylics to create a background for her transfers, really beautiful effect.
http://dragonquilts.blogspot.com/ This piece has now winged it's way to Nathalie in the US complete with one of the folded paper stars she sent me!