This batch I really wanted color, so I added lots of tissue paper to the pulp mixture this time-more than I usually do and I think it will pay off. For the rest of the pulp I save magazines like Mary Janes Farm that have lots of color pages and is printed with recycled paper. Also today paying attention to color, along with the blue tissue paper I also looked for recycled papers that had lots of blues in them, otherwise the papers are more greyish do to all the black print.
So I am happy with my papers. I got 13 pieces today and only had to redo one of them. I will know the color more once dry. These also have dry botanicals that I collect in the fall, gold threads, glitters, lavender buds, marigold seeds, and I add on top of the paper those dried dyed flowers, and also this time I added a couple paper cut outs-I figure if those don't stay in after the paper dries I will still have the impression-especially that deer.
I also wanted to mention that when I make a paper and get it set up with those thick blotting papers (see below) I use a super big and heavy dictionary to weight it down while I make the next piece of paper.
Many instructions say to iron them til dry-I don't want to do that. Sometimes the papers come out needing to be weighted down a bit after dry-which I will do-but these are handmade "art" papers-just enjoy the process.
as always the photos will enlarge-just click on them, since there are so many I left them smaller. I use the dip in method with simple tools from Grummer the link will take you to what I bought. used to use old towels to soak up the water but I bought their thick papers for this, for the size of paper I am making and love them better-can be used over and over just dry them out. here
Making paper from recyled papers is really fun to do and makes nice paper to make cards with-they are the perfect size when folded in half-and you can purchase envelopes for them at Wal Mart-or make them which I have not attempted as of yet.
I like to use allot of botanicals in my papers and I also like textures-so I don't blend my pulp down all the way-so some of the tissue papers especially shows up in the paper, and sometimes words will show up too. I like seed catalogs for the words.
Update January 30th
The papers are now dry, and have been under a heavy book for a couple days to flatten them out more. Very pleased that they held the colors-each piece is different. I will be making these into cards and mailing them out