I really wanted to tuck my special paper away and save it for something amazing, but I also started thinking about all the fun things I could try with it. I definitely want to paint something on a good-sized hunk of it, but I also wanted to cut some of it and experiment a little bit too. I started by testing it in a circle cutter.
It popped out into perfect discs.
Next, I tried some Gelli printmaking. I just used craft acrylics and a foam stamp to create a layered design. The paint did not pick up in all areas, but I liked the worn look anyway. I wonder if a thicker layer of paint might work better... next time.
Finally, I decided to see how well it would work in my sewing machine. It sewed beautifully. I made a small garland and thought about how beautiful a big garland would be hanging in a sunny window.
For now, I am not ready to cut into any more of my prized papyrus. I wonder how long I will hoard the rest of it. About a month ago, I found a piece of lacy purple paper that I bought in 1992. I remember this because I was still in college when I bought it! I was amazed that I had hoarded it for the last 20 years. I finally tore into it and put it into a collage. It felt good. Enjoying hoarded art supplies feels a bit like having a glass of the wine you've been saving for a special occasion. You enjoy it, but you kinda wonder... why didn't I do this sooner?