I hope you are all enjoying the weekend. Today I visited an ancient restored working paper-mill here in France, 15th Century . Very interesting, and now I can completely understand why handmade paper is so expensive. It is quite labour intensive. I only bought a couple of sheets of paper. One was A4 made from Leeks of all things, green of course, and another piece is Hemp A3, which is white but looks like a animal has slept on it, sort of fine hairs. Anyway, here's a few photos if you are interested. Seems I only took photos of the crinkly papers though.
All the papers were gorgeous, made from either pure cotton, hemp or linen, and they were very tactile, felt like plush velvet or suede. The photo above, this paper had come straight off the machine, still damp, hence everyone having a good fondle.
This smoother paper had also come straight out of the machine, and here you can see how many layers it is comprised of. All their papers have a minimum of 10 layers..
Above: A paper dress with a rather large 'hood', which on hindsight I should of photographed from the side.
They also sold inks, made on the premises, not bad at 3.50 euros a bottle. This mill is fairly close to where I live so I can always call in another time for more paper or inks. Here's a link to their website, but it is'nt very informative: Moulin Du Got
Salut! I actually got round to doing some experimental 'crafting' tests today. Namely I wanted to see what effect certain products have on both printed paper and fabric. So I cut up 5 of each of fabric into 12x15" and tore some pages out of a large book. I then proceeded to paint each with PVA Glue, Watered PVA glue, Vernis colle (which I bought recently, translates as Varnish Glue) this turned out exactly the same as watered down PVA! I also tried ordinary wood varnish in both Matt and gloss and liquid resin meant for fibreglass. Oh yes and a spray of something I found in the garage of Letereset Gloss, whatever that is! The glue and spray ones dried out quickly so I was able to play around doing samples of inks, pencils, pens, wax crayons, oil and chalk pastels, oil paint, and various types of acrylics. I am currently waiting for them to dry and see how they have taken. Then I'll have to make a 'sample' book/journal to keep them in. My only comment up to now is that Resin is extraordinarily smelly lol.
Thank you so much to my new followers, I am so pleased that you feel my blog is worth following. Your presence is very much appreciated. I anyone has a moment to spare: When I am viewing my blog, the background seems to be only appearing at the top of the page. I'd like to know if anyone else is having this, or it is just me! If you could let me know, then I'll get onto it. Thanks Jan Update: Fixed the background. I dont know what happened there because I have'nt changed anything that was'nt already there. Joys of technology eh?
Nothing much to say today, except I've loaded up my wardrobe with all my winter clothes now. Looking forward to wearing them, I like lots of layers, baggy bright mohair jumpers, long mohair skirts and woolly tights. No I don't care what I look like. haha.
I had a go at making Quinoa milk today and I must say it turned out very well. I am lactose intolerant and usually use Rice milk on my cereals or coffee, which is quite pricey to buy. I tried making rice milk ages ago and it was like sludge lol, but this quinoa milk is very much acceptable. In case you too are lactose intolerant, I found out how to make the Quinoa milk on Youtube.
I had a little trip to the local 'City' today and bought some crafty bits and pieces from a discount shop. They are not really craft items as such, but that's how I intend to use them. Also bought some snuggely knitted tights for the winter :o)
I've had a thoroughly rotten day today. Thats no reason to neglect my wonderful bloggees. I am certain that many of the images I am posting now, which are from a different file, are the same as the ones in the 1st file....I've been ripped off lol. Perhaps they are in a different size format? I don't know. I'll keep posting them anyway. Have a fab weekend all.