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« on: August 17, 2006 02:49:43 PM »

Hey there. I've been experimenting with making handmade paper using recycled junk mail and such. I don't have a blender so I mash the pulp by hand. I don't have a screen for the mould and deckle so I use meshy foam cupboard liner/placemat stuff to make it. The first batch sucked, but this is from the second batch. It's thin, sturdy, and has a unique texture from the foam mesh. I think it's kinda like cheap cardboard but my dad says it looks and feels like asbestos. Weird.



Let me know what you think. I plan to make some smaller pieces for ATCs and send some to penpals for scrapbooking.
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2006 02:51:55 PM »

If you are just starting out papermaking, a nylon streched over a coated wire coat hanger works great instead of a mold and deckle.
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2006 02:53:04 PM »

I'll see if my mom has one. (I'm a guy.) Actually I like the texture this has but I'll try that method too. Thanks Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2006 05:18:24 AM »

i think its cool looking. i wanted to make paper, but its too "messy" according to my parents Sad
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2006 10:13:57 AM »

i think its cool looking. i wanted to make paper, but its too "messy" according to my parents Sad

Bah - my parents always question me. My mom is unexposed to arts and crafts and my dad is a raging drug addict, so I never listen to either of them. If you're at least 16 years old and think you can get away with it, I suggest trying to make a small batch anyway (not with their blender, NOT WITH THEIR BLENDER). My batch is relatively large, but I'm discreet about making the paper and didn't make a mess or anything. I just clean up at I go along and my parents had no problem with it. If you show them that you can be responsible they probably won't mind. If all else fails, as to do it in the garage/driveway so at least you can just hose down the mess later.
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2006 10:31:07 AM »

yea. i was thinking of making a journal type thing for any ideas i get during the day or night and such, and i am hoping to use paper i made myself...


they dont own a blender, i do lol (i cook alot)
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2006 11:46:45 AM »

yea. i was thinking of making a journal type thing for any ideas i get during the day or night and such, and i am hoping to use paper i made myself...


they dont own a blender, i do lol (i cook alot)
I cook a lot too. Actually I suggest looking at a thrift store or rummage sale for a blender, although if you know how to take your blender cup apart to clean it you may be able to use the same one for food. If you have trouble finding what you need to make your own paper, I might be interested in a trade.
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2006 12:41:54 PM »

the only thing i would need it the deckle and mould, which i cant find anywhere to buy. and the instructions to make one are confusing lol
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2006 05:30:42 AM »

for an easy deckel n mold, get an old picture frame or 2 and some window screen stuff( we call it fly wire) cut a piece slightly bigger than the frame, sandwich it between the 2 frames and use that.

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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2006 02:11:12 PM »

Does someone have a tutorial on how to make your own paper, I would love to do it, but I don't know how! Hope my mom let's me do it, she's a clean freak Undecided And we don't have a blender so blender free tut's if thatts possible?
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« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2006 10:47:10 PM »

There are a lot of tuts on this site if you search. Also, your local library will have some really great books. There's one I had as a kid that had realyl great instructions and pictures, so don't forget to search that section.
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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2006 06:28:09 PM »

Bump! Here's some newer paper I've made:


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« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2006 06:48:44 PM »

i think its cool looking. i wanted to make paper, but its too "messy" according to my parents Sad


Life is pointless unless you get dirty! MAKE PAPER! And just clean up after...don't let a glop harden onto the marble countertops! Or see if there is a studio/school you can make it at. Or like dreamisle said use the garage/attic/basement.

Btw, dreamisle, I am in LOVE with the colored paper you posted! Such bright pigment. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
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« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2006 07:00:02 PM »

Btw, dreamisle, I am in LOVE with the colored paper you posted! Such bright pigment. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Thanks Smiley The white paper makes the construction paper colors really bright. Do you make paper too? I have a bunch to sell or trade or give away or whatever.
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« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2006 07:16:48 PM »

dreamisle, I PM'd you  Wink
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« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2006 07:36:58 PM »

Oh, I love the colors of your paper!  And those library card ATCs are great, let me know if you want to swap ATCs!
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« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2006 03:04:38 PM »

Those colored ones are gorgeous!!

What did you do to make the paper so bright?
(Love the texture on all of them, by the way...)
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« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2007 01:18:10 AM »

Those colored ones are gorgeous!!

What did you do to make the paper so bright?
(Love the texture on all of them, by the way...)
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The color is really bright because I mix mostly white used copier paper and mix in construction paper, so they come out as bright pastels. The texture is weird because of the foam sheets, but certain materials produce sheets that are thinner and can be flattened easier. Otherwise the texture can be used for scrapbooking where you don't necessarily need to write on it. Thanks for posting, let me know if you ever want to buy or trade!
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« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2007 04:49:16 PM »

Nice paper! My boyfriend and I used a handmixer to blend up our paper (we couldn't find a cheap blender) and it worked fine. We also used a picture frame from Goodwill and some window screen that I found in my parent's basement. Here are some more tips...

1) when using scratch paper that has text on it, boiling and rinsing (multiple times) will result in a whiter final product

2) If your paper seems to thick or lumpy and is still wet, try rolling over it with a brayer (small paint roller with a smooth surface) on a flat surface to squeeze out the water and smooth it out.

3) making paper doesn't have to be a huge mess. If you use a small mold, it can be a done in a large tupperware or plastic storage tub.

4) I found lots of resources in my local library and in the art library at my university, so try those places if you can't find a good "recipe"
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« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2007 12:03:23 PM »

since i have no access to a blender...aka the parents said "no"...i use my drill with one of those huge paint mixer attachments...it's sweet. i can make huge batches of pulp. i don't have a fancy screen and deckle either...i made mine out of a hula hoop and a piece of old window screen   Grin

you can't let parents get you down...most of the time they love the end result anyway...as long as you clean up... (i am not usually so good at that  Embarrassed)
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« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2007 01:51:59 PM »

oh wow, I really love that handmade paper.. fantastic job with it, the pastels look just gorgeous
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« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2007 03:25:25 PM »

I'm lucky enough to have some of this paper...it's awesome!
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« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2007 03:43:47 PM »

I'm jealous.. really really jealous!

Now I've gotta learn papermaking
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« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2007 03:44:42 PM »

Now I've gotta learn papermaking

Nope....you just have to PM dreamisle and he'll probably swap you some...   Wink
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