Making Paper

Recycling Mail

Shortly after gesso-ing a bunch of old newspaper for a handmade book and reminding myself in yet another way that I enjoy using recycled materials (or just straight trash) for projects, I decided I wanted to try making paper next – from mail that would usually be tossed into the recycling bin. I haven’t made paper since high school and I’m not convinced I did it very well, but it was good fun. (I found a really nice how-to guide from Paperslurry that made a great refresher.)

This particular stack of paper was made from a ripped-up Science & Surplus catalog – it’s printed on newsprint-thin grey paper and this one had bright pink headers on each page. I left some of the pulp pieces bigger so you can still pick out some wording and pink chunks.

After couching, the paper was slapped onto a large window to dry šŸ‘‡ Peeling it off was highly satisfying.

I’m not sure how the paper is going to be used, but it’ll be nice to have on hand for future projects. And I already have a baggie of dried hydrangea petals for adding to the next round of paper-making…

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