So I guess I fell off the blog wagon again for the last week or two…the whole vacation over Thanksgiving mucked things up a bit. Not that I didn’t enjoy myself, I mean, hello:
I didn’t have time to letterpress print the menu that my mom and I came up with, but it was truly excellent. Prior to stuffing my face I’d been getting some orders for cards and such in from Etsy, which just warned my cockles. I just love the whole printing/packaging/shipping process…it makes me feel so “official.”
The other day I finally got around to timing myself making paper out of junk mail, so I’ll know how much to charge for the service in the (near) future. I even weighed the shreds prior to blending them so I’d know exactly how many ounces to use for regular sheets of paper vs. card stock thickness. I also took shots of the finished papers with various degrees of “chunk,” or how finely I shred the fibers prior to making the paper. I personally like the paper when you can still see letters and sometimes even word fragments left over:
However, such chunk-osity is only good for artistic applications (collaging or perhaps printing gift tags). If you actually intended to use the paper for writing but still wanted some of that speckly, recycled feel:
And finally, if you were looking for a smoother paper,
All of these papers and various weights would be priced the same, it would just be a matter of providing me with more or less of your junk mail to start off with. As soon as I can get a few more details worked out, expect to see my junk mail recycling service available for purchase in the Tweedle Press Shop.
I told iHub (husband Ian) that one of the things I’ll really like about the studio I intend to have some day is the ability to have lots and lots of space for drying my wet papermaking couch sheets (not the actual paper I’ve made, but paper I use to draw water out of them). Currently when I spend a day making paper, I have to lay all of my soaked sheets out whatever counter space there is in the kitchen and dining room. This last time I even strung some up in the windows and bannisters so we could actually have somewhere to eat:
Someday my setup won’t be quite so ghetto. Lastly, I’ve just added a new product to the store which is actually the first thing I’m offering that uses some of the pretty papers I’ve made from my own junk mail and other waste papers.
I had originally intended to print these gift tags on chipboard (and still will, in the future) but I wanted to start using some of the paper that I’ve made for something. They’d be super cute tied onto a packaging with hemp or even baker’s twine, and are pretty much as eco-friendly as you could possibly get. Credit card offers turned into letterpressed gift tags? Yeah, I do that.
Pulp & Press Soundtrack 12/4/09:”Lay Me Down“(The Frames).