Overcoming the technical challenges of making art paper from newspaper:
I am currently working on a project that requires using recycled newspapers.
I really like the detail of paper made from printed material,
however, newspaper isn't archival, quickly becomes muddy in texture,
and turns various shades of grey.
After adding 100% cotton to the newspaper pulp, I am pleased with the results. Calcium carbonate was also added to the pulp to further balance the pH and archival quality.
|handmade paper from New York Times, cotton, postage stamps|
|detail of a sheet of paper made from New York Times and cotton|
(black ink from the paper gives the new paper various shades of grey)
|detail of news paper with added text|
|handful of cotton before combining it with torn newspaper to make pulp|
|detail of handmade paper from New York Times (yes to recycling newspapers!)|