Using homemade paper makes craft projects is extra special, but what if your one-of-a-kind paper isn't thick enough? Instead of trying to make thicker paper from scratch, you can laminate together two or more pieces. You can also laminate different homemade papers together to create a single sheet with two distinctive sides. The process requires few tools and is easy to customize to suit your needs.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Homemade paper
- Utility knife
- Spray bottle filled with water
- PVA adhesive
- Bone folder
- Waxed paper
- Wooden boards
Cut your paper to size. Determine the desired size or shape of your laminated paper, and cut all of your sheets to the same size. Use your utility knife and ruler to make precision cuts.
Dampen your paper. Homemade paper tends to expand in all directions, and it's difficult to control when applying adhesive. Spraying your paper with a light mist of water will help it loosen up. Once your paper is dampened, make sure you work quickly to ensure it does not dry out.
Load your brush with glue and stipple it over the surface of your paper. Stippling will give you more control over the amount of adhesive you apply to the paper, and it will create a textured surface for the other piece of paper to grip.
Align a second piece of paper on top of your glued-out sheet. Check alignment with your mini triangle. Place the flat side of the triangle flush against the edges of your papers and adjust as needed.
Work over the adhered paper with your bone folder. Begin from the center and push toward the edges. Wipe away any beads of adhesive with the edge of your finger.
Wrap the laminated sheet with waxed paper and place between boards. Top with a weight and dry overnight. If you don't have boards, use a couple of heavy books.
Tips and warnings
- If you are laminating a lot of handmade paper, using a jig will help you speed up the process. A jig is easy to make and consists of three pieces of binder's board - a square base, one two-inch wide rectangle that measures exactly the square's height and a second rectangle that is two inches shorter.
- Glue out the first rectangle and align it's edge along one side of the square. Check your alignment with a mini triangle. Place the flat side of the mini triangle flush against the laminated edge and adjust your boards until both edges touch the triangle. Work your bone folder over the rectangle to secure it. Glue out the second rectangle and align it along the top of the square. It's short side should rest flush against the other rectangle and it's long side should align with the square's edge. Repeat the above steps and allow your jig to dry.
- You have created a square with raised borders around a right angle. Use this angle to quickly align pieces of handmade paper. The right angle guide allows you to place the second piece of paper in exact alignment with the first.