Swap-bot Time: December 11, 2018 9:00 pm

Boiled paper - botanical -

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Boiled paper - botanical -
Swap Coordinator:mgallardo68 (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges  Crafts  Paper Crafts 
Number of people in swap:3
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Rating requirement:4.99
Last day to signup/drop:November 17, 2017
Date items must be sent by:December 17, 2017
Number of swap partners:2

Have you heard about boiled paper? I was mesmerized when I read about it and even made my first attempt but I want to do more so, so whether if you have or have not, this can be a fun swap for you, it is not really difficult and part of it comes from your own intuition, so do not be afraid, we all are in the same boat!


You have 2 partners
You send 4+ boiled papers made by you
Size is 8 1/2'' x 5 1/2'' approximately (smaller or fractured is fine as long as it has a reasonable usable size)
Theme is botanical (extras in the process as ink, are up to you) You will include a note with the swap's name, your SB ID and a comment about the experience

Use the comments section for open discussion about the process or questions, recommendations, etc.

My first try

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You must be at least 4.99
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Chaton13 11/10/2017 #

what kind of paper did you use?

mgallardo68 11/10/2017 #

Hello @Chaton13 thank you for asking!! I used watercolor paper 104gms but I am going to try the 140gms (for what I had read, it seems it's a more common weight for this). If you find other information, please share.

mgallardo68 11/10/2017 #

My insight for this is below:

Choose the paper you're going to use (my first attempt was with watercolor paper 104 gms and worked fine but you use what you have)

Cut each page in half and fold each half in an equal way

Pick the flowers, leaves and etc you're going to transfer

Arrange your foliage inside the half pages and press one against the other until you have the whole stack of papers filled

Hold both ends with something that keep the stack very tight (I used a brick and almost faint when I got the stack out of the boiling water because was too heavy, so try to use wood

Insert the pressed stack into the boiling water and wait

Boiling time is 1.5 hours

Water should be enough to cover the paper

Add 1 cup of vinegar to the water

If you're going to use ink, add it at least 5 minutes after paper was placed in the boiling water

Remember to use something light to hold the paper or it will get difficult to handle the whole thing

After the hour and a half, take the paper out of the water and untie the press and carefully wash each piece of paper with regular water. If you use branches that are larger than the paper size, it will help you to open the pages without ripping them

Remove the branches

Put to dry on a cloth to prevent the paper to stick to the surface Enjoy the patters :-)

rngstgstll 12/17/2017 #

I tried mine in the slow cooker (elevated off the bottom by a small rectangular glass dish placed upside-down, weighted down on the top) with water in the bottom, placed on low for several hours. Really worked well!

mgallardo68 12/29/2017 #

Thank you so much @rngstgstll for this feedback! I just opened a second round for boiled paper swap and I just mentioned this!!!

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