I spent the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day making paper to use in my handmade cards. The part of this process I love the most is mixing the pulp. It's kind of like playing in the mud, only the results are a lot prettier. I'm never sure how the colors are going to turn out until the sheets are dried. That's part of the magic of the experience for me.
Here's what the pulp looks like as it is being prepared in the blender. What a vivid color! Would you call that cerulean blue?
This is the end result of this month's papermaking adventure. I have a special deckle so that I can make a single sheet of paper that is shaped like a heart. I tied a piece of vellum to the back in order to achieve a legible writing surface and garnished the front with a bow and a tiny decorative flower.