I’ve been feeling like I want something artsy to do lately. Over the years I’ve done painting, woodworking, jewelry making etc. I keep trying different things, and they’re all fun to do but I’ve never found anything that I want to keep doing regularly. Writing is the only thing I’ve done with consistency. Well, it seems I’ve got the bug again. So I’m going to learn to make handcrafted paper. I’ve seen handcrafted papers before and I’ve always been impressed by different kinds. You can make paper out of just about any plant material that’s fibrous, and you can add things like leaves, flowers, feathers and other things to make artsy paper. I’m going to give it a try. One nice thing about paper is that it’s recyclable so you can make handcrafted paper out of shopping bags, envelopes, tissue paper, toilet paper or almost any type paper you want. I’m going to start by recycling paper first and if I like that I’ll look at using plant material.

I think making paper is an extension of writing. Of course I do all my writing on the computer but before computers, you had to have paper. Besides, I just think paper making would be a good skill to have if we every go back to living in caves again. Which, well, I won’t go there. I’m going to document everything and keep track of the costs so I can pass that info on to you. Should be fun, don’t you think?

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