Homemade Paper

Needed:

  • A bundle of scrap paper equal to the mass of two full news papers
  • A blender or food processor
  • 2 pounds white glue
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • Sink filled with 4 inches of water
  • Old pantyhose and coat hanger
  • Iron

Optional Additives

  • Food coloring
  • Essential oil
  • Dryer lint
  • Confetti or feathers
  • Sequins or glitter
  • Threads or lace
  • Cut up bits of ribbon or colorful paper
  • Finely ground or diced dried herbs, flower petals, fruit fibers, or vegetable pieces
  • Tea leaves or coffee grounds

If possible, choose a time and date tat will benefit the type of energy with which you’re saturating the paper. For example, wait until a full moon to make the paper for the personal insight section if the magickal diary. Or, wait until a waning moon teakettle paper that will be used for banishing spells.

Next, take the coat hanger or another long piece of sturdy wire and bend it into a frame. The size of the frame should be equal to the size you want your paper to be when completed. While a square or rectangle shape is customary, you can change the shape if you wish as long as you have a way to safeguard the paper afterward.

Stretch the hose over the frame so it’s flat and secure. Once the frames are put together, get the blender out. Put one-third of your scrap paper into it with a little bit of water. Use the high setting. Slowly add the rest of the paper and water until it’s completely incorporated. At this point, run the blender for two or three more minutes. If you want to add any of the optional ingredients that provide texture and/or darker colors, do so now and mix it by hand until the chosen substance is equally dispersed.

Put your frames in the bottom of the sink filled with water. If you want to add food coloring or scents, this is the time to do so. Sprinkle the food coloring and essential oil into the water, then pour your paper into the sink water, add the glue, and mix them together. For best results, pretend you’re kneading bread. Now, take the frame and slowly lift it through the water so it collects an even covering of paper fiber. Do this with each frame until all your paper pulp is used up. If you run out of frames and have leftover pulp, this can be frozen or stored up to a week in your refrigerator and used again in your next batch.

Each frame has to dry completely. You can set them in a warm window, hang them off the clothesline, or whatever. When dry, the paper will peel away easily and you can reuse the frame for more sheets. Put the completed sheet on the ironing board with a cloth underneath it and iron using the high setting. This removes the last bits of water from the paper. Let it dry again for at least forty-eight hours before using.

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