Happy Wednesday good people!! Seemed only appropriate to do something for Valentine's Day, which happens to be this Saturday.. ::insert sappy-like music here:: (chuckles) I am having a ball learning about creating my own papers. This week I even added *inclusions* (that's when you add things to your pulp y'all) I added some dried roses I had received from a friend, Tommy Jo, who is a fantastic artist and soap maker!! Let me show you the accordion book I made!
I have 2 different types of papers here. The pink paper was from a previous batch of tissue papers, napkins and soda can boxes. The green is my rose batch. Here's a list of the supplies I used to create my project for today..
- Any of the Arnold Grummer Paper Mill Kits
- Arnold Grummer Zig Zag Book
- Dried roses
- Pearl Ex- Green-Yellow and Red-Blue
- Perfect Medium
- Helmar Craft & Hobby PVA Glue
- Paper Flowers (to embellish)
I first began with making a small batch or paper pulp. To me small batch is.. a handful of torn up papers to every 2-3 cups of water. After the pulp was made I added some dried roses. I learned quickly, I had added to much and no amount additional pulp in this batch was gonna fix having too much flowers in it (laughs)! If that was the look I was going for, I would have been fine, but I wasn't. (smile) I wanted something softer.
Below are the 2 different batches of rose papers made... On the Left was a product of EXTRA dried roses and on the right was much less..
After the papers were made. I cut them to size so they would exceed about an half inch border around my chip board covers. I used my Helmar glue to adhere the papers to the chipboard and inside accordion folded papers. I also allowed some of the pulp to dry against a stencil, creating a texture of leaves. had the stencil been thicker, my texture would have been more defined. I took some perfect medium and lightly rubbed the textured paper.. and the edges of the book. I then dusted the medium areas with Pearl Ex. Gave a nice shimmer and added color to my rose paper. I then embellished the book front with flowers and fibers. (smiles)
I hope you enjoyed my post today and don't forget to pick up this Complete Guide to Paper Casting.. even before you start creating papers. I can't wait for what's next.. Can you? Thanks for taking time to come by and Happy Valentine's Day!! :::inserting Elvis's Love Me Tender Music here:::
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