If you participate in a myriad of papercraft forms but am always needing a diverse selection of textures and colors look no further than a handmade paper scrap pack to provide variety at your fingertips. This kind of paper always follows a unique, non-machine method of creation to produce one of a kind results.
It definitely doesn’t look like your typical craft paper sheets – that’s because they’re not. Unlike the type that is commercially sold on the shelves of your favorite venue, handmade paper has all kinds of unusual textures that lend itself to some awesome one of a kind effects.
This topic takes me back – when I was in some grade in elementary school we had this one fun art class day in which we learned how to make our own paper using water, some of the conventional kind of paper, a blender and a screen. The pulp mixture was blended and spread out on the screen and pressed out and let dry.
That’ is pretty much the ballpark. Well, one of them, anyway! When it dried (it took about a week) we did calligraphy lettering art on them using India ink. Fun fun (but messy, no doubt:) The following paper packs will support lots of amazing work once you get the hang of their different textures.
Handmade Mulberry Paper Scrap Packs
Mulberry paper is made from the tree that bears its name, usually in Asian countries where they grow naturally. It’s sometimes been referred to as “washi paper” as the fibrous makeup is very similar to the popular tape. The thing you’ll notice about it the most is its texture and the visibility of real plant infusions like leaves, bark, stems, etc.
Doesn’t get any closer to nature than that! It has a long fiber makeup when you try to tear it to create unique effects. It is great for rubber stamping work – obviously, it’s not easy to stamp on itself, but when used alongside smooth papers to create different effects.
Used in scrapbooking, mulberry paper is great to highlight your pages in the same way, next to smoother papers. The possibilities are almost endless. Consumers have mentioned uses for it all the way ranging from greeting card layouts, paper lanterns, scrapbook pages and even using to gift wrap handmade soap!
The above packs have a multitude of colors and patterns that will be great to dig into. All of them may differ.
Decorative Handmade Paper Scrap Pack
These sets below are a veritable grab bag of different textures, patterns and colors in one easy to reach collection. Some papers are metallic, glitter, flocked, embossed, and more. A real treasure trove for scrapbook pages, memory books, journals, decoupage artwork and cards.
The different sizes include square sheets to 4 by 6, 5 by 6, and 5 by 7 , small sizes in which you might not have to do much cutting.; all you have to do is choose a color or pattern that fits whatever you’re working on at the moment, you can tear it, attach with glue, shape the edges or punch it with a special cutting device.
Handcrafted Japanese Fiber Paper Pack
Are you up for origami? Despite this type being made more for other crafts, each of these fine papers is a perfect square shape at 7″ by 7″. The colors and patterns are varied and vivid, making it great for mixed media, scrapbook or journal pages, and of course, folding into intricate shapes.
Well there you have it, no matter what papercraft you are into, you will find what you need here and then some.