Homemade oil control blotting paper

Written by roxanne mchenry
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Blotting papers have a long history dating back to around 517 A.D. in Japan when Japanese professional dancers, called maiko, and kabuki performers used specially treated paper made with hammered gold to blot their skin. For a modern version, use single-ply translucent rice paper which is very absorbent and good for blotting oily areas in the face to reduce shine during the day, especially with a little powder added.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Translucent rice paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Loose oil control powder
  • Plastic powder shaker
  • Empty vintage compact

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  1. 1

    Take the empty compact and measure the interior for determining the size needed for the rice paper using a ruler or measuring tape. Fill an empty plastic powder shaker with loose oil control powder, then set aside.

  2. 2

    Cut one sheet of the rice paper on a paper cutter using the guidelines to measure the correct length and width as you cut.

  3. 3

    Take one piece of cut rice paper and place in the empty compact to test the fit, and make size adjustments for the next cuts.

  4. 4

    Cut the rest of the sheets of rice paper, stacking the sheets as you go. Then take the final stack of cut papers, and trim the edges evenly using the paper cutter.

  5. 5

    Open the empty compact and shake a little loose oil control powder on the bottom of the compact where the papers will go.

  6. 6

    Take a sheet of rice paper off the stack and place it in the compact, then sprinkle some oil control powder on the sheet of paper; place a new sheet of rice paper on top of the last one.

  7. 7

    Alternate between adding sheets of rice paper to the stack inside the compact, and more oil control powder until the compact is full; close the compact until you are ready to use the powdered paper.

Tips and warnings

  • Translucent rice paper (not the edible kind) is available from speciality art paper or stationery supply stores.
  • Use your favourite oil control powder in the compact with the rice paper, or try rice powder as another option.
  • Vintage rectangular or square compacts are available at antique stores or from vintage jewellery stores.
  • Cut the first few rice paper sheets carefully and make sure they fit properly inside the compact when it is closed, before cutting a whole stack.
  • Be careful opening the compact so the papers and powder do not fall out or spill.

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