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« on: April 12, 2008 08:07:52 PM »

so i have a ton of old watercolor paper that's just gotten too dirty or wrinkled or whatever to use for painting anymore...

i was wondering, has anyone ever tried making paper out of watercolor paper pulp?  i don't know enough about watercolor paper to really predict what would happen, and i don't want to make a huge mess...so if anyone has guesses or has worked with any thick or sized paper before, i'd love any type of advice!

thanks so much!
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2008 11:59:09 AM »

I've recycled water colour paper into a mixed batch of recycled paper and it worked just fine.  The only difference between water colour paper and regular paper is that good water colour paper tends to be made out of cotton instead of wood pulp and has the gelatin sizing you were talking about.  The only caution is what you plan to use the recycled paper for.  It will be difficult to get a nice texture for drawing and will be much more absorbant of water colour than the original....however if you are experiment and want a unique surface...give it a try!

« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2008 12:04:43 PM »

thank you!  that helps a lot
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2008 01:43:49 PM »

Watercolor paper recycles beautifully, especially if you want textural thick paper for covers & the like. A really fine screen (like a fabric one instead of a window screen one) will give you a nice smooth surface too.
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