EBSQ Live Studio – Recycled Artisan Paper, Part III

This demonstration was originally presented by Kris Jean on 9 March 2009 in conjunction with EBSQ goes green.

Recycled Artisan Paper was a detailed and through presentation. Because of the quantity of information- multiple techniques for creating and embellishing papers, supply lists, how to make tools, etc., we will post this presentation in regular installments.

This is the third installment of Kris Jean’s handmade paper how-to. Today we feature the Pouring Method and Colorings.

Homemade Paper

Embossed Handmade Paper

Pouring Method

The pouring method is used for thicker papers. Using a cup or the blender vessel, dip into the SLURRY and pour over the deckle. Try to pour evenly or you will end up with thicker paper in areas.

After you reached the desired amount (as much as it will hold until it starts sliding off the edges), let it drip until the drips slow down quite a bit

Follow the same wringing techniques as mentioned above, but bear in mind you will need to use more felt as you will be WRINGING out a lot more water. This paper will have MUCH more texture.


The main way is adding different colored paper to an otherwise white batch. This next set of paper I’m working with is 5 sheets of white tissue paper mixed with 2 red, thus making a pretty vibrant pink. (since it’s tissue paper the end product is more delicate)

The wet paper is always more vivid/brighter than the end product.

Finished Product:

Clothing dye is another option. (use gloves)

You could add in food coloring which is what is used for construction paper. (use gloves)

Plant stuffs can be added to alter the color, like rose petals. Red rose petals will produce beautiful purple/pinkish paper.

With all of these methods you will have color loss with time and direct sunlight. For a truly archival color, you will have to use archival dyes which are pretty pricey.

NOTE: These items can also change the PH Balance of your paper. (we will discuss that later)

If using liquid dyes or dye packs add them to the water following their directions. If using fibrous plant stuffs, add them to the MASH. Do this during blender phase if you want bits and more color. Do this after blender phase  if you want more texture and pops of color.


Be sure to join us next week for more of Recycled Artisan Paper.  The next installment of Kris’ presentation will cover Creative Deckles and Embossing.

About the presenter:

Kris Jean, a world wide collected artist, has dabbled in her fair share of mixed media. She has been recycling her own paper for years. In the past 5 years no scrap paper has left her studio; it has all been recycled.

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