Why MAKE Paper
(When you can buy it at Office Depot)?
|I've been asked versions of this question MANY times--even my *husband* couldn't understand at first why I wanted to do such a strange thing!
The answer is that:
1) you can't get this kind of paper at Office Depot
2) it allows me to express myself in a way that traditional art forms don't provide
3) it's fascinating learning the history and practice of an ancient craft
4) I like feeling that I am part of an ancient tradition
5) It's friendly to the environment to recycle junk paper into something beautiful
6) You don't HAVE to make it from wood pulp--almost any woody plant will do.
OK, but what can you DO with it?
|Here's just a few suggestions:
Gift cards and place cards, note cards, birthday cards, invitations, birth announcements
Wrapping paper, Christmas tree ornaments
Seed paper - paper with seeds in it that you can give and then plant
Watermarked stationery, calligraphy, book binding, book covers and end papers, portfolio pages and cover sheets
Mobiles, luminaries and lampshades, screens and shades for windows - I put some of mine on the glass parts of the door surrounds of my front door
Making three-dimensional items, like bowls, boxes, objects d'art
Rubber stamp art, framing and matting, photo backdrops
Framed as art - with pressed flowers, stamped images, photos, or all by itself!
Jewelry, embossing, collage
Resume paper and business cards
Painting on with watercolor or acrylic
Learning about recycling and sharing it with others
Kite-making, decorative table settings and coverings
Covering boxes and lining drawers
Wallpaper, decoupage, scrapbooking
And on and on...