The Sunday Paper #247
February 17, 2019
Paper of the Week: Envelope Light Catcher
If you have a copy of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, have you created the February project, the envelope light catcher?
If you don’t have a copy of the calendar, I wrote a guest blog post on how to make these a couple of months ago for Stencil Girl Talk. And in my upcoming (brand new) online class, Flexible Book Structures, we’ll be making be using multiple envelopes to create a structure that can be transformed into a book, lantern, folding screen or wall hanging (registration for this class will open in early March).
Have you used envelopes in a project? They come is such wonderful colors and sizes! Here’s a pinterest board I made featuring all sorts of envelope projects, and in my recent Weave Through Winter online class, several participants used the patterned paper found in security envelopes in their paper weavings.
In the Studio:
I know I showed you this honeycomb watermarked paper last week, but I can’t get enough of it. I’m making five colorways for my upcoming paper sale (it begins next Sunday, so make sure you read the blog if you need some paper). In case you’re interested, here’s what went into making this paper, which you’re viewing wet and freshly couched. I created a stencil/watermark pattern in Adobe Illustrator (with the help of a designer) that I had cut in a thin rubber material with an adhesive backing. I placed the resulting stencil on a 12″ x 18″ mould. I prepared two batches of pulp: one coarsely beaten cotton linter that I mixed a bit of beaten abaca into for strength and pigmented yellow; and another batch of finely beaten cotton linter that I pigmented with a silver metallic pigment (it had a bit of metallic sheen when wet, and I’m curious to see how it looks when it dries). I pulled a sheet of the plain yellow paper on my other 12″ x 18″ mould, couched it, and then pulled a very thin sheet of the silver paper with the watermark – the pulp slipped off of the stencil and into the hexagons. I then couched the silver sheet on top of the yellow sheet.
Probably more than you wanted to know, but I hope it helps you appreciate the process (and the price I charge for my papers)!