All handmade papers have something special about them. Any piece can be distinct by what is blended together to create the papers. This time around I was inspired to play with textures for the sheets I created.
Looking through the various crafting tools I have available in my workroom I found several forms of "texture" plates that can have a variety of uses.
To create this little booklet, a sheet of paper was made from a pile of scraps saved from several prior papermaking projects.
Once they were blended together with some cotton linter squares and a torn sheet of copy paper it was poured into the deckle and then formed into a sheet following the usually instructions. Before the drying process, the sheet was placed onto the plastic texture sheet, covered with a couching sheet and pressed with pressing block, applying as much pressure as possible to add the texture from the plastic sheet to the paper. The textured piece was then left to dry on its own without ironing.
|Notice texture sheet below paper|
|Close-up of texture pattern|
The sheet was folded in half and torn into two pieces for the booklet covers. Add pages using any papers of choice. A length of ribbon is threaded through holes to hold covers and pages together. Decorative leaf ribbon is place on the front cover. Letters are die-cut from a handmade piece of paper that has been coated with epoxy resin.
This same idea could create booklets for wedding programs, memory books or any type of keepsake books for any purpose and theme.
NOTE: Thin applications of decoupage finish was brushed lightly onto the surface of the cover pieces to strengthen the paper. Apply finish in a few thin coats as not to lose the texture in the paper.
Another example of a textured piece is here:
|Handmade paper with texture sheet below|
|Close-up of sheet|
NOTE: This sheet was colored by adding a recycled red envelope to the pulp mix.
To make the texture stand out, rub the surface with chalk or mica powders.
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