Sunday, April 25, 2010
I made paper yesterday afternoon and I'm hooked. I'll leave the tutorials to the pro's, one afternoon hasn't qualified me. Just google "making paper" (out of scrap paper, not from scratch...like my awesome etsy melange team peep, Liz, check out her from-plant-fibers-and-scratch really handmade paper LizannasLakesideStudio
Nopie, my paper is made from copy paper that was destined for the trash at the office; I've been saving it for almost 2 years; I knew one day I was going to try this. I bought the blender and window screening almost 5 years ago after reading how to do it somewhere. I couldn't find the carefully saved instructions after all this time. And that meant I couldn't find how to make the deckle and frame from a standard wooden picture frame and the screen. Not to worry with the internet, I found several sites with everything I needed and more.
Lesson learned? Less is more, love the pieces with the lighter hand on the stars and marigolds....especially as I learn to make writing paper. This is not "sized" which is needed for writing, to keep ink from bleeding, so I''ll be using my first batch for for my mixed media fun. And the plain sheets are really my favorite, wonderful shadings of the pulp.....monochromatic is my thing most of the time.