Mulberry paper is made from the stripped bark of the mulberry tree. Distinct characteristics of the paper are the contrast and texture created from the strands of fibre filament and natural elements. The paper has a soft, feathered edge when hand-torn. Not all mulberry paper is acid-free. Look for archival paper that is PH-neutral to preserve work. Mulberry paper is ideal for many applications, including printing, bookmaking, wrapping, scrapbooking and making note cards.
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- Moderately Easy
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Check into a heavyweight mulberry paper called Kozo, known for its strength and suppleness. Due to the extensive variety of this particular blend, request samples or a book of swatches from the manufacturer before purchasing sheets. Weight varies with this predominately handmade paper, depending on the combination of flowers or other natural fibres. Sizes range from approximately 3- by 5-inch samples to 25 inches by 37 inches, and also are available in 60-foot rolls with an 11-inch width.
Look for machine-made or handmade Unryu or Unryu-thread translucent paper. Long strands of Kozo merge with fibres to produce a subtle contrast. Colours range from vibrant to pastels and neutrals. Ask shops and manufacturers for samples before purchasing. Use it for bookbinding and collage. Sheets come in approximations of 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, 12 inches by 12 inches, and 25 inches by 27 inches. Or purchase 60-foot rolls that are 11 inches wide.
Check out smooth mulberry paper, which works well for writing and printing. This paper has a high-quality texture and thickness for scrapbooking and cards. Machine-made is preferable for printed design work. Look for neutral pH for archival work. Colours include solid neutrals, primary and vibrant. Purchase sheets, envelopes, colour multipacks or precut shapes such as hearts. Standard sizes include 8 1/2- by 11-inch, 12- by 12-inch, and 25- by 27-inch sheets.
Select handmade paper for distinctive texture and strength in projects. It produces one-of-a-kind sheets in batik, marble, floral, striped and recycled fibres. It tends to be less bulky, but thickness and size greatly vary. It is sold uncut or in squares, letters, tags and envelopes. Purchase single sheets or packs. Sizes include 3- by 7-inch, 5- by 7-inch, 6 3/4- by 9 1/2-inch, 8 1/2- by 11-inch, 12- by 12-inch, and 22- by 31-inch sheets.
Tips and warnings
- Most online stores and manufacturers have a minimum order purchase.
- When purchasing for a specific project, ask for paper samples.
- Check paper to ensure it is chemical-free and acid-free for archival work.
- Purchase from a trusted manufacturer.
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