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Spend Time, Not Money This Christmas

If you’re hoping to make some handmade paper gifts this holiday season for friends and family, now is the time to do it. With a little planning, hard work, and creativity, you can give your loved ones unique, heartfelt gifts that they’re not likely to get anywhere else.

Handmade paper can be gifted to nearly anyone on your holiday list. If you can’t think of something for that special someone, why not try… Continue reading

Printers From India Make Furniture From Old Paper

Paper can be used for just about anything. From scrap booking paper to gift cards, jewelry boxes to lamp shades, old paper can always be put to new use if given a little tender loving care.

Two citizens of Pune, India have been putting it to an even bigger use. The printers, Anil Gujar and Sunil Juneja, both of Pune’s leading printing press company, Inkfloat, are using discarded paper to create furniture. Continue reading

Homemade Paper to Localize Economy?

From pilfering hotel shampoo bottles to using single squares of toilet paper at a time, we’ve all heard some pretty interesting, creative, and sometimes slightly unhinged ways to save money these days. At The Daily Green, handmade paper is considered one of many ways to re-localize the economy and go green.

They recently featured a piece on Adina Levin, the co-founder of Collab. Collab is short for collaborators, and is a Manhattan based company that plans on re-localizing the economy through helping designers, writers, artists, musicians and other creative people collaborate together to form a more sustainable world.

By enabling these innovative minds with the tools and space that they need to collaborate together, Collab hopes to get them inspired and working together, which will hopefully yield environmentally-friendly products and processes to help create localized economy.

One sustainable practice that Levin advocates–and is knowledgeable in–is making homemade paper. Levin uses a very similar process to the one posted here at Paper Making. She also promotes a messy, hands-on approach, often touching the paper pulp and getting very involved in the process. Her video and instructions are perfect for anyone who isn’t afraid to get messy and produce some truly amazing results.

Would using handmade paper really support a more local economy and a sustainable world in general? In a word, probably. By using 50% less energy and 75% less water–as well as creating up to 90% less wastewater and 70% less air pollution–than paper made from unused fibers, it definitely has less of an environmental impact.

Top Handmade Paper Products

Though making your own paper and using it for personal projects is a fun and rewarding activity, handmade paper is not just for this purpose. On the contrary, handmade paper is used in the finest crafts and arts all over the world. From India to the United States, homemade paper is a staple in many artisan projects.

For your next gift or special purchase, you might consider buying one of these unique creations made by fine, handmade paper. Continue reading

How to Make Wood Pulp Paper

With so many ways to make paper out of recycled material out there, you may not have thought of making your own wood pulp paper. It can, however, be done.

All you need is the wood of your choice (the softer the better–scrap pine wood is a good choice), a wood plane, your paper frame, bleach, a pocket knife, a blender, a basin or sink, food coloring and water.

To keep it eco-friendly, you may wish to use fallen branches around your home. Continue reading

How To Make Rice Paper

If you’ve been making your own handmade paper now, you might want to try making rice paper. Rice paper is a beautiful and elegant creation that has been used in writing and art for centuries in China and Japan. Slightly translucent with a unique texture, it will be a lovely addition to your handmade paper collection.

Though rice paper traditionally means paper made from rice plants, today it can be made from just about any plant source, such as bamboo. Continue reading

Famous Handmade Paper Artists

Just as there are artists famous for paintings, sculptures or sketches, so too are there plenty of handmade paper artists known for their craft. Here are just a handful of these artists.

Carol Funke is known for her amazing handmade paper masks and dolls. She also creates commissioned handmade paper designs.

Award-winning artist Lois E. Jacobs creates her own paper and then uses it to form clay, wrap armature or create extraordinary watercolor paintings.

Elizabeth Kosterich uses handmade paper to create mixed media artwork, including unique and spiritual clay designs.

Laurence Baker is a printmaker and paper artist known for his colorful, unique designs on perforated paper and his enthusiasm for handmade paper itself.

Margaret Sage is the creatress of amazing Les Maisons paper sculptures, which she also paints. “I explore psychological conflict. For me, this is fertile territory, the unresolved issues from my past, things felt but not quite understood,” she says.

Barbara Pankratz uses computer printing and photo etching on paper she’s created by hand.

Jean-Michel Letellier is a modern, minimalist handmade paper artist who believes that the paper itself, not just what it is used for, is a work of art.

Mark Lander, a painter and ceramicist, is also a paper-maker who uses flax to create large-scale paper installations in galleries.

Danish author and artist Anne Vilsbøll is famous for her books and lectures as well as her extensive exhibitions, including the 1996 “Paper Road” event in Copenhagan, where artists all over the world convened to showcase their work.

Great Places to Buy Handmade Paper

Even if you don’t want to make your own paper, you can still enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of handmade paper. There are many places to purchase it for all of your paper needs.

Some of these stores specialize in paper exclusively; these are the stores where you may be able to find a wide variety of paper, from batik to mulberry to almost any kind you might want or need. Continue reading

How to Make Paper with Dryer Lint

With the threat of global warming and other environmental concerns looming over us these days, more people are turning to reusing and recycling things in their homes. It’s easy to find a new life for a milk jug, toilet paper rolls or even used clothing (did you know that you can make insulation out of old jeans?), but some household wastes are hard to find uses for.

Dryer lint may not have been on your list of things to reuse, but it can actually be a good base to use for making paper. Continue reading

Making Antique Paper

Whether you want to write a loved one something romantic with an aged flair, impress an English professor with an old-style sonnet, or simply add a bit of archaic edge to a pirate-themed party invitation, making antique paper is a great way to do it.

You may have already dabbled in trying to make your paper age quickly before. Continue reading