First I tried making paper using purchased cotton linters. Of course, I didn’t follow directions and went my own (failed) way. I tinted five containers of water with Dye-na-flo and then added a handful of the cotton linters to each. I let it soak for 24 hours thinking I would get a nice pulp to work with. Wrong! I just had a big lump of cottage cheese. So I went to the kitchen and got out the blender (which hasn’t been used in years) and dumped one of the containers in, added a little more water and pushed the button. All it did was throw the small amount of pulp up onto the sides. I did not wish to make a large amount of each color and I did not want to keep stopping and pushing the pulp down from the sides to the bottom of the blender, so I just said forget it and dumped it all in the garbage. So lesson learned, start with undyed linters, use an adequate amount and mix in blender like I should have in the first place (which I did not do at this time).
Next experiment I decided would be to try working with the dissolvable water-soluble stabilizer per Maggie Grey in the latest issue of CPS pg 42 to make castings. Okay, before I ever started this I was thinking “water-soluble paper dissolves when you add water”, but I went ahead. Just as I suspected when I started adding little amounts of water to the paper it dissolved, completely. No paper casts. The castings are something that I am very much intrigued with and would like to be able to make some. Any of you ladies who have done this and been successful care to share the secret?
Since I had the rubber stamps out, I considered one more thing to try. I remember reading somewhere about using toilet paper to make castings. So I gathered up the TP and even some cheapo paper toweling and plunged ahead. I laid the paper over the stamps and used a stencil brush with water to push the paper into the stamps. I left them to dry (about an hour or so).
I did end up with embossed papers, but they are not anything like what I wanted. They still look like TP and paper toweling. I haven’t tried to paint them as I am sure they will just flatten with each stroke of the brush.
Talk about a bummer. I may get the blender back out and give it a try again. Hopefully I will get better results. But now I am off to try another technique or two.