Make Gradient Paper! A Creative Hand Papermaking Technique

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Freedom to create something brand spanking new, from the ground up. It’s one of the greatest joys of making handmade paper! Presumably you’ve read the tutorial on hand papermaking from recycled scraps, and are now unreasonably addicted to swishing your hand in a bucket of pulp at every opportunity (don’t deny it).

If you haven’t sought out your local papermakers yet (check out the Hand Papermaking Map), it can be tough to expand your repertoire of simple creative techniques. Let’s fix that. Here’s how to make beautiful, sunset-y gradient paper.

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The Papermaker’s Bookshelf: 4 Great Resources for Your Studio

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While the internet is full of eye-catching papermaking videos and illustrative blog posts, sometimes it can be difficult to know where to begin. One great way to switch up your research routine is to turn to the classic standby–a good old fashioned book!

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Hand Papermaking with Plants (Illustrated Infographic)

Hand Papermaking with Plants - Infographic & Process - Paperslurry.comIf you ask someone what paper is made of, most would immediately say trees. However, with the hand papermaking process, you can use other plant fibers to make an incredible range of handmade papers. Check out this handy infographic (not quite a tutorial, but you’ll get the general idea).

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Make a Mould and Deckle for Handmade Paper – Cheap, Quick & Dirty

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Make handmade paper on the cheap! You may have seen our tutorial on making blender paper from junk mail and scrap papers. Well, here’s instructions on how to make a mould and deckle — it’s an essential piece of equipment for the hand papermaking process. Of course, you can also purchase a professional mould; peruse our list of papermaking suppliers.

This mould & deckle is not exactly beautiful — actually, it’s ugly — but it sure does the job when you’re on a budget!

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Here’s How to Make Handmade Paper from Recycled Materials

how to make paper from recycled scraps - DIY handmade paperMaking paper by hand at home can be a pretty simple process. It’s also a fantastic way to use up your old receipts, scrap papers, junk mail, and copy paper that you were about to throw in the recycling bin, and instead create a thing of glorious handmade beauty.

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Make Paper. Literally. (A handy illustration of the hand papermaking process)

Making handmade paper - the hand papermaking processSo…how exactly does one go about making handmade paper? Take a look at this illustrated summary of the hand papermaking process. Though not quite a tutorial, the hope is that you’ll gain a sense of how hand papermakers, paper artists, and yes, how you too can create paper out of cloth rags, plants (not wood or trees), and recycled paper scraps.

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