Cloth paper is a coarse type of paper, which can be used for crafts like scrapbooking. It can be made by hand using scrap materials such as old clothing. This guide can help you learn how to make cloth paper.
Things You'll Need
- Scrap material
- Frame with screen
- Two dishtowels
- Rolling pin
- Drying rack
Sort scraps by type of material. Then sort the scraps by color. Remove any extra items such as zippers or buttons. Cut material into one inch squares. Choose one of your sorted piles to make the batch of paper with.
Add warm water to the tub. This can be either your bathtub or one that holds at least 2.5 gallons and that your frame can fit into. Soak the cloth material in the tub for at least 30 minutes.
Fill your blender half full with warm water. Add a handful of material that is done soaking. Blend at a medium speed until it becomes pulp. Make different textures and effects by adding things such as grass, silk or ceramic.
Pour the pulp into the tub. Add approximately 2 gallons of warm water. Mix these together. Dip the frame under the water and lift it straight up. A layer of the pulp is left on the screen. Make the pulp even across the screen either manually or by gently rocking the frame around. Remove the frame from the screen.
Lay a dishtowel on a flat surface that you can have water drip onto. Carefully flip the screen over to put the wet sheet on top of the towel. Remove the screen. Lay another dishtowel on top of the cloth paper.
Use the rolling pin to squeeze out as much moisture as you can. Place the freshly made cloth paper, still inside the dishtowels, on the rack to dry overnight. After the drying is complete, use the rolling pin again to flatten and compress.
Pull gently on the dishtowels to stretch them so that they loosen from the paper. Peel the paper off of the dishtowels and return it to the rack to dry more, if necessary.
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