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!