These are the new business cards for my shop. They double as bookmarks. To me, the most interesting part about these cards are the way they were made. They were – in fact – made from scratch [or milk cartons, if you wish].
The active time it took to create these (232) cards was 24 hours. However – including all the waiting, it took about a week.
- First I took a whole bunch of juice and milk cartons and extracted the inner paper core. I made a bucket of pulp [that goo] with this, added a bit of blue and some aquarel paper to get a whiter color.
- I used a technique for making the paper that I like to call ‘pouring paper’. Rather than ‘scooping’ it out of a big vat with a deckle (frame), I poured it [including a lot of excess water] into a deep reversible frame. This technique was developed by Akira Matsumoto for post-card sized paper. I adapted it for making a5 and a4 papers.
- I pressed a whole lot of paper B’s [that I cut with my Craft Robo] into the pulp. After creating 18 of these pages I dried the paper using my drying box. [This involves fans, corrugated cardboard, blotting paper and a heavy weight.] The paper was so thick it took almost 24 hours to dry!
- After drying, I put a layer of clear-coat on the B side and glued information [biotop] papers onto the other side. After letting this dry [again] I cut the paper to size, punched holes and added ribbons.