Decorative and Handmade Papers


Assortments and Collections

Assortments and Collections offer a variety of papers for artists. Depending on the assortment, it can either be random papers or a collection of the different styles offered within a particular line.

 

Bark Papers are handmade papers made in Mexico by the Otomi people. Made from different types of bark fibers that can include mulberry, fig, ficus or other indigenous plants, this paper has a lovely fibrous quality that is unique in each sheet.

 

Lace Papers can be made from a variety of different materials, but the main feature of this paper is its openness. Made by using heavier fibers or by spraying water through the pulp, holes are created in the paper making it have a lace-like quality. These papers are commonly used in card making and collage applications.

 

Marble Papers can either be mould made or handmade. After it has dried, the paper is marbleized with paint on the surface or different colored pulps that are mixed together to form the paper itself. Each sheet is different due to the marbling process. These papers are generally used for card making, collage, or bookmaking.

 

Nepalese Papers, sometimes called Lotka papers, are made from the interior bark of the Lokta bush. Once these handmade papers are dried, they are then dyed, marbled, or screen printed. The long fibers of the Lokta bush make for a strong paper that is resilient to deterioration, pests or insects, and water.

 

Thai Papers are made from a base pulp of mulberry or kozo pulp. Some papers have banana leaves, thicker kozo fibers, mango leaves, or are embossed to create texture and interest. Due to the long fibers of the mulberry plant, these thin papers are very strong and durable. These papers are a good choice for card making, collage, book making, and origami.

 

Papyrus is the oldest type of paper made from the papyrus plant. Handmade papyrus paper is made by laying strips of papyrus in a vertical and horizontal layer to create a woven pattern for added strength. Today, machine made papers are also available to offer a more uniform alternative to the original, more organic looking paper.

 

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