What you needAccording to the Scrapbook Preservation Society (http://www.scrapbookpreservationsociety.com) "Paints don't contain acid but can contain lead. Use only lead-free paint. Paint that is dry poses no problem to anything on the page. Water soluble paint
I started by taping some old newspapers to a table which was set up in the yard. I then rolled out three six foot sections of mesh, one right next to the other.
Using a sweeping, side to side motion, I sprayed each piece of mesh, being sure to get even coverage.
Let the mesh sit on the table for a few minutes until it is dry to the touch.
You can leave it on the table to allow the paint smell to air out awhile if you wish. I hung my on the clothesline since I wanted the table space to work with more colors.
You will receive QUANTITY by making your own mesh, but not necessarily the same QUALITY. The brand name Magic Mesh is a much higher and consistent quality. I noticed that some of my yellow paint was flaking off my mesh when I used it. Perhaps I sprayed that color on too thickly? I made six colors on this day, and had problems only with the yellow.
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