January 25, 2022

Handmade Paper Using Scraps

By Sora Ahsan
Handmade Paper Using Scraps

(Repost from 2021)

I remember a while back trying to make my own handmade paper and it was a total flop. I was so frustrated half way through - and soaking wet - that I gave up. I was disappointed because I really wanted to reuse all the paper scraps I had been saving. Luckily for me, I ran across a video showing a very simple and easy way to re-use your paper scraps - so I tried it - and it worked! And I spent many weeks playing in water and making all sorts of colored papers in different sizes.

It was not only fun, but the process requires you to slow down and be present in the moment - and the sound of the water aids in making it a very relaxing process. I truly believe making paper helped me heal during a very difficult time.

First batches

 Here are a few I recently made in Fall/Autumn colors. Don't they look yummy?! 

Sometimes things don't always work out and we have to try again at a later time - and sometimes that's for the best. I don't know if I would have appreciated the process - the stillness it forced upon me - had I done it at any other time than when I did. 

If you're like me and hate to throw away beautiful papers - and even more, try to limit your plastic usage and recycle/repurpose when you can - try using your scraps to make your own handmade papers. You'll find it hard to stop once you get the hang of it and see how easy it really is. 

Have Fun!



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