Papermaking is an old process which the Chinese discovered. Toilet paper was invented in the 4th century, yay!
Paper money was issued in the 11th century. US currency paper is made by Crane's stationery using a secret formula. I learned the info at Treasury tour. Our money has linen fibers which gives it strength to go through the wash. When the bills look really worn, the banks ship them back to the Treasury. The Treasury shreds the bills and repacks to then sell the public. That is how I get money shreds in my paper to make fun cards.
The picture above shows a gift card holder in my store with money in the pulp. It is in my etsy store.
At my craft show on Saturday, I accepted a custom order to make paper that looks medieval. The customer wants it to look old with black spots. He specified India ink splotches.
Raise your hand if you work with India ink and knows it's properties... soooo I had to figure out how to pull the paper and drop ink on the waterleaf. Above are my first examples.
I have perfected it today. Yesterday, I used a dropper and today I used broom sticks. They were banded together and then I could twist the sticks. That made smaller more random splotches. Thanks to Bob for suggesting a different way.
First, I want to wish all dads a Happy Father's Day. You are an incredible asset to today's family.
You will see a picture of my booth at the show. My wonderful husband, Bob, helped me set up the new display. We talked it over the night before to find any problems that I was worried about. A few corrections and we were ready. I had steady traffic all day and it added up good sales.
The most important thing was talking to people about paper and marbling. I had numerous conversations with like minded people.
I learned/relearned that relaxing and enjoying the moment is the best thing to do.
Two more Saturday shows! Come on out and play.
Well. I am anxiously preparing for summer craft shows. Why am I nervous?
I have participated in numerous shows throughout my art career. Tomorrow is the first show with marbled bowties, tee shirts and neck ties. I am merging this into my papermajik booth space. I have had an etsy shop with these items, but no sales. So for this reason, I am nervous. Either it will be a grand success or a miserable failure. Of course, I am hoping for the best....I will keep you posted.
The above screen shot is from one of my bowties which is in my etsy store.
My lamp shade is finished. Yay. Look at the difference in the before and after photos. I think it is dramatic and will add a brighter, more contemporary look in our dining room.
I would love to work with you on a custom shade. Contact me. Thanks.
Handmade paper is the best thing to replace an old, out dated lamp shade. I am working on the one in the picture for my dining room. The first picture shows the old shade which I took off of the rings, well, it was so old that it fell right off. The next picture shows the torn paper which is part of the design (third pic) laying on the old shade which is opened out.
Next I glued the papers together to make the long shade.
Tomorrow, I will start gluing my paper on the rings. More pictures to come.
Message me if you would like a custom shade for an existing lamp.
Pam Granger Gale
I am an artist who loves making paper. I then use my paper for lamps, journals, cards and art work.