Saturday, June 14, 2008

Scrap paper solution

Ok, after much deliberation about what to do with my excessive quantities of scrap paper, I decided to turn it into...paper. So I began by obsessively dividing it by colour. And so far I have just worked with the greens and the yellows-oranges.


I used these scrap papers to make tubs of pulp.


Then made myself some new paper.


I got about fifty sheets of each colour. Now rather than a big box of paper scraps that I hadn't been able to find any use for, I now have almost 100 sheets of handmade paper that is quite usable. I still have piles of red, blue, brown-black, and white paper scraps with which I'd like to do the same thing; however, the process is so time, space, and labour intensive that I might not get it done for a while. But the results are quite satisfying.

11 comments:

moonbindery said...

Great idea, Rhonda! I make paper now and then, but like you say, it's pretty time consuming. By the way, how do you get your sheets of paper so nice and flat? Some kind of press? I use a couple of boards with bricks on top, myself...

Rhonda said...

thanks barbara. well, i press the wet sheets for a short while to squish out as much water as possible, but then i transfer the wet sheets from the felts onto boards. i roll the back of the felt with a brayer actually, peel away the felt, then I just let the papers stay stuck on the boards until they are dry. so they just dry totally flat on there. works well, but depending on the weather it can take a few days for the drying so i had these boards all over the house for several days!

Kiley said...

Very cool! I have had a blender and a whole tub of yellow paper sitting in my studio for over a year with the same goal in mind. Maybe I'll get to it later this summer....

Rozi said...

What a practical solution. Never made paper before, know the theory, I think it's all that water involved that turns me off and time... One day I will try for the experience, one never knows... very inspiring Rhonda.

Diane said...

My homemade paper has always come out very lumpy and coarse - yours looks wonderful. It might almost tempt me to have another go....following your instructions this time :-)

Billie said...

That's an excellent idea, please can you point me at a tutorial as to how to achive this for myself?? hint hint ;)

Billie xx

Rhonda said...

kiley, great minds think alike!

thanks rozi, and you're right, it does use a LOT of water. i tried to be quite efficient water usage but still must use a lot.

diane, the lumpy paper can be nice too! might depend on the pulp, if there are chunks of stuff or fibres, it won't get so flat.

billie, i think there are lots of resources online for making paper - my method is a combination of some things i've read online and info in a book that i have. Perhaps the next time i make a batch, i'll take more pictures so i can post a little tutorial for you!

tulibri said...

oh, wow, they look really great! Boards around the house for drying ... suppose a flat without even a balcony might not be the appropriate place to do this, huh? BTW, does the pulp stink? I sometimes come by two paper mills, and they can stink horribly!

Rhonda said...

it does take a lot of space! but i didn't notice any smell from the pulp. quite odourless ,i think.

kalicat said...

such nice paper!

Ali said...

what a great idea - the finished paper looks wonderful and really beautiful to use in books