Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New colorful homemade paper!!!

I got home from a hard days work, and immediately we left for dinner. The minute I got back home, around 7pm, I knew I had to try a new paper experiment. I had watched a YouTube video last night where the paper maker had added a piece or two of colored construction paper... well...that called my name subconsciously all day until I had to have a go at it!

I even did it at the table inside, rather than in a wheelbarrow outside! It all worked out and was much easier and cleaner. You can even see some letters in the white papers I put in. I think I blended it just the right amount of time to leave a little larger pieces of color in there.

I threw in a piece of red and a piece of orange construction paper, and one of those sheets had embedded silver sparkles. I threw in about 5 cups of shredded white paper from my shredder machine. After I ground it up in the blender (to a pulp), I added a handful of dried rose petals, which really added a lot of dimension.

These sheets are not completely dry yet...and it was hard to get a good clear shot of them...but they are really neat looking! I think I will try a few sheets with blue and green added, and a few with blue and purple. The sky's the limit on this! I am even wondering now how they would look made in to paper beads!!! That's next!


Lisa at Greenbow said...

This is beautiful paper. I was thinking before I read a word of your narrative that it resembled the roses on your header picture. Little did I know they are in there. Wonderful!

Cindy said...

Wow, these look really big. How big are they? (at first I thought it was all one huge, oddly-shaped piece. hee hee.)
Oh, and all of a sudden I have a craving for strawberry ice cream. I wonder why?

Serena said...

This paper looks lovely, Julie...good job!

Anonymous said...

Julie, you do such neat things! You always have something interesting going on!

Darla said...

Could you please share your recipe?

Judi said...

Hi Julie *hugs*
LOVE your paper. How exciting. Geez I wish I lived closer to you we could do some of these projects together....or at least I could watch you make stuff..*s*. I may have told you that I was going to try making some last I'll have to go to Youtube also and check it out. Great colours.

I have to tell you I got the syrup and they sent me a little moisturizer as well from your order. THANK YOU.. I am anxious to make something with it. I just got it on the weekend, on Friday when Marc came home. I'll be blogging about it this week.
Thank you!..
have a great is rained last night...yesterday...Sunday...Saturday...Friday...whew!

Pokeberry Mary said...

I've dragged out my paper art books lately too.:) Not much time for it but I was thinking of making paper and trying it in my inkjet. It has to be 'sized' so it can be printed on without absorbing the ink. You can spray or brush a starch mix on it--like a packet of gelatin to one quart of water--use that as a size solution. I'm wanting to do it--but as I said, not much time. :)

Teri C said...

Oh Julie, I so admire you for making paper like this. It looks beautiful!!!. How do you use it when its dry?

Kristi said...

That is so cool. what a fun project.

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful. What do you do with your handmade paper?

Julie said...

Cindy- these sheets are larger than the other ones I made because I tried a new technique with a larger piece of screen. They are about 10 x 10 inches.

Shannon and Teri- I am saving all my papers up to possibly create a journal with them all...I think at this time, it seems the most likely prospect!!!

Mary- thanks for the idea of brushing the gelatin solution on top of the paper... are so funny! I would be watching you create stuff!!!

Everyone- thanks for your nice comments!

deepazartz said...

Extremely BEAUTIFUL...I've no words ro's really beautiful. Love it! Such wonderful shades...Gr8 handmade paper!
Gr8 job, Julie!!!

Lynn said...

Oh I can see all kinds of possiblities for this...mixed with fabric/lace/journal pages/art quilt journals/on the ideas they are pouring in/cool letter writing paper/gift boxes filled iwth it and envelopes to match or collaged with it??? Wow. Lets go into business. LOL

Julie said...

Thanks all! gave me such a great idea regarding making envelopes! I am still trying to figure out what to do with the paper I I will send you a letter!!!