Exploring new territory in the craft department . . . recycling paper scraps for repurposed art

In preparation for my next (and hopefully wildly successful) craft show on June 23-24 in Townsend, Tennessee, I have been exploring some ideas for a new product line.  I received some honest and helpful (but not terribly encouraging) feedback about my work and have been really giving it a lot of thought.

I love working with Smoky Mountain autumn leaves and developing interesting collages and Leafy Peeps from them. To “step it up a notch” I have begun experimenting with making my own paper with brightly colored leaf inclusions. If it all works out, I will mount my leaves on the homemade paper and maybe mount that on a contrasting color of scrapbook paper for some extra color and depth when adding to a photo frame.

I found a simple recipe for homemade paper online and got out the blender yesterday. While a very messy task and a little time consuming, it really was easy. I made four sheets of gray, leaf-speckled paper that measure about 8 x 10 and didn’t spend a dime on supplies!  I used a variety of scrap paper, including: junk mail, (unused) toilet paper, paper towels and copy paper. Today I made some paper with all white paper scraps that were going to be tossed at work. The new paper is much whiter and brighter than the grayish sheets. I think the  leaves will really “pop” on that background. As I make and dry the sheets I am pressing them further between some books since they are not quite as flat as I would like. We’ll see how that goes. I’ll keep you posted!

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About Cindy A. Johnson

I live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. I love to read, work in my flower and vegetable gardens, feed and watch the birds in the yard, sit on the front porch looking at the mountains and go camping. I also like to watch wildlife, including my cats and dog (ha!). I write online articles on a variety of subjects. Check out my book reviews at: http://readerjots.wordpress.com, wonderful nature stuff at http://mynaturenotes.wordpress.com and assorted articles on interesting stuff at http://Esmeowl12.hubpages.com. My first ebook was published in January 2012: "Alphamania: An Alphabet Resource for Teachers and Parents." Check out the blog at http://alphabetletters.wordpress.com.
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