Today I have something different to share with you! :D
A few weeks ago I went over to my girlfriends house and she showed me how to make handmade papers! Oh my gosh it was so much fun! Thank you so much to my girlfriend Cathy for inviting me into her studio! http://www.artstudiosandiego.com just in case you would like to check out her studio page!
She is an incredible acrylic and oil artist, as well as handmade jewelry,(www.steampunkjewelry.net), collage and handmade books for journals etc. using her handmade papers, so it was so fun to play with all of the different inks and paints to tint the papers. We also used dried flowers, teas and spices for color, texture and some for scent. Oh my goodness I could just play with it all day because you never really know exactly what you are going to get as far as color and texture until it starts to pulse in the blender and then dries. We used scrap paper from the shredder for the pulp, another reason you don't really know what the color is going to be. ;D
We added the shredded paper,then covered that with water, more paper and then more water,then whatever flowers,teas or "extras" you want which can include inks, acrylic paints or dye. She said she bought the frames for pouring the mixture into at Michaels and the instructions that came with it are very easy to follow!
So first here are the papers that we did.
And here is a card that I made with just a portion of the piece. The paper is pretty thick so you have to be careful when you tear it. You really can make them any thickness you want, so some of them are thicker than others. Some have more texture than others etc. I just depends on what goes in the blender and how much you pour out at a time.
As I sit here looking at the photo I think I am going to add something to the bottom right comer of the yellow, maybe 3 pearls or dew drops. I think it needs something??
I have also cut out some flowers using the tattered flowers die from Tim Holtz and Sizzix to see how that works with these papers. I will let you know how that goes!
I can't wait to work with these papers some more!
And now I will be in the market for an inexpensive blender to make my own paper!
It was fun, and ecological!
Thank you so much for stopping by today! I know it is a long post so thank you for reading all the way to the end! I hope you liked it, and I would love to know what you think as well as any suggestions!
Until next time,
Blessings and Hugs,