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Finishing paper making

This paper was recycled  from the shredder and bits still show up as letters in the finished paper.

4.4.28  and 4.4.29

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This paper was made from recycled  coloured scraps. It also shows the brown paper used previously.

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Two different pulps used in one sheet.

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I tried adding fabric dye to the pulp and left it over night to soak into the fibres . This made a lovely bright mixture. I was aware this might get a bit messy when making the paper. But using gloves it was not as bad as expected. I made some sheets of red paper and frames. These were all made without starch, but I wanted to paint it with starch when dry to see if this was easier than adding starch at the production stage.

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This concludes chapter 4

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Paper making continued

I used the foam letters I had cut to make some paper letters, from both the cut out and the stencil These were made from tissue paper a little  pva and water.

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As they dried they went ridged but not so much that they could not be stitched in or onto another piece of paper or fabric.

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This photo of them shows after they have been painted and highlighted with a little gold wax, and one was cover with a used tea bag. The paper templates are ideas that might work using this method later.

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Experiments adding starch to the pulp were done. It made the paper darker these papers were all from the same batch of pulp. The one on the right had no starch, the middle one a little starch was added,  and the one on the left lots of starch was added.

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The starch did give it a more plastic like texture and was much stronger. The water was harder to press out of it when it was being made as it had a jelly like quality. So I made the paper straight on to kitchen cloths and left them to dry. I think if a little starch was added it would help strengthen the final item. It did have a lovely bark like texture.

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Paper making continued

Some of the  paper I have made so far. The sheets of paper made with the  food coloured pulp were interesting. The colours blurred as they dried the stars are no longer distinguished  but it did concentrate the colour in one area.

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The colour ran to the edge of the paper leaving a nice vibrant coloured edge. The food colouring mainly coloured the water not the pulp.

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Some of the papers show other techniques.

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This ones was sprinkled with dried rose petals.

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These two had lace and scraps of fabric embedded in the edges. The paper recycled  for this paper was  a thick brown lining paper which had two layers with a black sealant bonding them. I was not sure about using it but it has worked fine.

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These two had stamps and a grid of string laid down in between layers of pulp. I was going to pull the string out when it was still damp, but it dried and now it would crumble if I did it.

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This piece had the foam letters pressed into it.

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The impression made on crochet lace.

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A circular piece of paper made in an embroidery hoop with holes made in it and left to dry in the hoop as it was very fragile when wet.

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There are lots more ideas I want to explore. Adding a little starch to the pulp mix to see if it makes the paper any easier to stitch. In a trial, stitching on the paper was not easy, even with a backing it still lifted pieces up when bringing the needle through. I also want to try and make some tissue papers letter using a different method.

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Paper Making

First I made a screen using an old frame, wire mesh and black tape.  It measured 20cm x 15cm.

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I made some paper pulp with waste paper from a shredder.

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The pulp looked grey but later dried much lighter.

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I spooned some pulp onto the screen, pressed the water out and left it on a cloth to dry.

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Paper drying in the sun, one is sprinkled with tea  and another on plastic grid.

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The plastic grid did not work, the paper stuck in the holes and would not release.

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I used other screens to make an imprint on the paper.

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I also made some foam letters to push into the wet paper.

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More papers drying. Showing letters and the crochet lace imprint top right.

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I added food colouring to some of the pulp and tried to make two colour paper with old cookie cutters.

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Different coloured papers drying clearly showing the stars made with the cutters.

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So concludes my first post on chapter 4 , I have learnt a lot and will move onto more ideas and results next time.

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Grids

Grid -A framework of crisscrossed parallel lines to form squares or rectangles.

Looking at different grid like structures to be used later in this module

4.3.1  A4 Different fabric grids made by withdrawing threads , centre bottom crochet grid.

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4.3.2   Metal and plastic grids, waste canvas, nets, grid made from wooden skewers and punched Styrofoam.

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4.3.3  10cm x 10cm waste canvas withdrawn threads.

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4.3.4  After washing and stretching.

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4.3.5    10c x 18cm Crochet  insertion lace.

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4.3.6   After the lace had threads withdrawn to make a tangled mesh.

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4.3.7  8cm x 8cm Bad knitting.

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4.3.8   22cm x 22cm Paper grid woven and held in place with machine stitching.

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4.3.9  10cm x10cm Cut out craft vilene.

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4.3.10. 10cm x10cm Cut out craft Vilene

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4.3.11 Reverse photo of above.

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4.3.12   Grid made by stitching on a torn page with crochet edge.

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lettering designs

The word I have chosen is “parchment’, it evokes visions of scrolls and beautiful texts.  Some different way I have chosen to portray this.

4.2.1  A4 white paper black paint.

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4.2.2   A4 white paper black paint.

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4.2.3  A4 black paper white paint.

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4.2.4  A4 black paper white paint, chalk and torn paper.

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4.2.5  Rubbing taken from the torn paper above.

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4.2.6   A4 Making a board to take rubbings from.

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4.2.7 A4 Rubbing taken from board.

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4.2.8  A4 More rubbings from board.

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4.2.9 Brown paper and white wax candle, black paint.

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The next group is looking at blocks of text and doodling.

4.2.10  A4 Black paper , ‘parchment’ written  over lapping with pastel.

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4.2.11   A4 a doodle using a black marker pen.

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The next three examples take their inspiration from the word ‘parchment’.

4.2.12  A4 Black and gold markers ripped text.

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4.2.13   A4 Black printed blocks using a stamp, ripped text, black and gold markers.

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4.2.14  A4 Distressed paper with chalk, black and gold markers.

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4.2.15  Computer generated designs.

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4.2.19  This concludes my work for chapter 2 lettering designs.

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Lettering research

Lettering :   Letters inscribed on something especially decorative or ornamental.

This could be a life times work. There must be more than a million different ways to write a single letter. They could be millimetre or metres, every colour of the rainbow 3D textured or flat. Through history they have changed through countries, cultures and locations altered. Written on everything possible from humble paper and even in the sky.

So this is a tiny glimpse and some ideas.

4.1.10  A2

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Small post cards exploring  rhymes and patterns.

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Some work looking at distortion of words.

4.1.14    A4

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4.1.15  A4

Woven words, 2  x  A4 sheets of printed text woven.

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More small cards of ideas.

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