Handmade paper

Free Gift Wrapping

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For your convenience, and in the spirit of Christmas, we'd like to help you wrap presents this year. 

We are offering free gift wrapping with the purchase of any paper making kit, and a complimentary handmade paper gift tag as well. 

Enjoy! 

Seed paper gift tag and a newly found hand carved stamp

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While doing some reorganizing this morning I happily came across some hand carved stamps I had made a few years ago. Other than stamping my business cards, I haven't done any "fun" stamping in awhile. The picture above is a stamp print on handmade seed paper, made with our 2x3" business card size mold and deckle.

Below is the actual stamp I carved on a Staedler eraser.  

Hand carved stamp

Hand carved stamp

By the way, a free mini seed paper kit is included with every papermaking kit and mold and deckle. It includes seeds that work well in papermaking, as well as simple explanation on how to make seed paper. 

Happy Creating!

Elizabeth

Sources of used paper for making handmade paper

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Here at Wooden Deckle our papermaking kits are geared towards making handmade paper by recycling used paper. All of us have so much of it on hand!

As a rule of thumb, the better the quality of paper used, the better the handmade paper pulp.  Good sources of used paper to are:

  • computer/printer paper
  • envelopes
  • old stationary
  • greeting cards
  • paper bags
  • maps
  • sheet music (it’s so nice to see musical notes showing up in the handmade paper!)
  • wrapping paper
  • cardstock
  • junk mail

It’s best to avoid recycling:

  • newspapers or newsprint paper with a lots of ink, i.e. paper that was heavily printed on
  • glossy magazines construction paper (the colors quickly fade)

By making handmade paper from the myriads of paper we go through every day, we preserve our natural resources, and avoid the use of caustic chemicals needed to break down natural plant fibers. 

Next week I’ll share how to add color to your recycled handmade paper pulp.

Happy Creating!