©2008 Suzanne Cannon
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article first appeared in the December
2004 byhand Newsletter
is one of the delightful mulberry papers sometimes referred
to as "Cloud Dragon Paper". It is made by adding long swirling
fibers to a basic kozo pulp. These lightweight papers are translucent
and very strong and are a favorite among collage artists. It
is excellent for gift wrapping, embellishing cards, scrapbooking
you have stamped an image on unryu and you don't need a specific
shape, just tear around the image. Make sure you protect the
piece by holding your thumb firmly over the image. The tearing
can be quite unpredictable! If you want to tear a certain shape,
then it's a good idea to wet the edges where you wish to tear.
Wetting the edges makes tearing easier but if it gets out of
control, your stamped image might be compromised. Here is how
I did the decoration for the watermelon journal.
your design out on a piece of acetate or a
transparency. Cut out the transparency.
the transparency under the unryu, preferably on a light table,
or a white sheet of paper, so that you can see the shape of
a pointed brush (or a waterbrush)
that holds a fair bit of water and draw the outline of your
shape. Make sure you don't soak the whole area!
your hands on both sides of the wet line and pull gently. The
paper will come apart leaving a lovely fibery edge. Different
handmade papers will leave different edges. It's the long fibres
in the paper that make this one special.
and tear out all the pieces you need for your design and check
they will fit where you want them.
watermelon just needed some seeds which I drew in with a felt
technique works well if you want a straight edge. Just line
your ruler up and run your brush full of water along
the edge of the ruler. Not enough water and the paper won't
tear where you want it to and too much water will produce the
the unryu pieces in place with a gluestick. Try not to
get any of those fabulous fibres curled under (unless you want
them that way!).
a guard sheet over top of the glued down unryu and run a brayer
over the top to insure a good bond.
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