Category Archives: Papercrafting

Project: Tiny Book

I’m a beginner at book making so I’m starting with small things that don’t involve me going to the craft store. Each tiny book is made from one sheet of paper with hand sewn binding, some fancy duct tape, a few paper flowers and a button. Two of them I made with pockets and put tea bags in the pockets. I just need to go buy a few different varieties of nice tea.

For one of my non pocketed tiny books I used a lemon water carton to bind the cover, and learned a few things.  I’ll probably make a larger book next time or incorporate some of my handmade paper into a small book.

Plans.Thinking.Ideas

I finally.. unbooked(? ) the plant bits I had drying and will be planning to make paper again soon.

I have been building a salt soap recipe, I have 5 lbs of Breton Sea Salt and I think this would be a good project to try a soap drastically different from anything else I have made so far. I will probably split it into two scents, one of the scents being peppermint and use my round molds and some of my new colorants. The other is undecided. We shall see what happens.

Handmade Paper

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I’ve wanted to try this for a while.

I’ve started collecting grocery store circulars and paper shopping bags. Something better to do than just throw them away.  The basics are that you cut it all up into small pieces and toss it into a blender with water and blend it until it is a pulp, then add it to a tub of shallow water and strain it using window screen, then transfer the strained part between two pieces of felt and press the water out. I used a picture frame, remove the back and glass and stretched across where the glass would be. it’s exactly the size of a standard piece of paper.

After I got a good idea of my technique, I had to improvise so I cut up some sheets of freezer paper and used those to dry the paper on since they can be reused.

I added some emerald gouache and some lavender flowers to see the result but I need a better technique for adding color next time. I can faintly see the difference between the regular paper and the ever so slightly tinged green paper. I love that the paper smells like lavender.

 

I am going to go pick some baby maple leaves and wildflowers this afternoon and press them dry for my next batch of paper.

For now I am thinking of ways to use this for my soaps. I’ll need to play around with it more for the right look.

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