The Too-Busy Fail part 1 / by Hope A

Oh dear.  Sometimes I say yes and yes and yes to projects and ideas while scheming other projects and then realizing that maybe what I need is a nap or a walk in the park. And sometimes I completely fail to do something that was so exciting a few short weeks before. 

In March, May Babcock of Paperslurry (side note #1: if you have any any any interest in handmade paper at all check out this blog.  seriously.  may does an amazing job compiling information and inestigations with lods of tips and how-to's. in fact, don't even bother with the rest of this blog, just go read hers) asked me if I would experiment with paper imported by Paper Connection International.  Of course I said yes and dreamt of all the things I could do with samples of handmade paper.

Then my job tried to take over my life again and we decided to move and I got sick again, and so when I finally tried using the paper they sent, I foolishly fed it through the Heidelburg WIndmill with little adjustment or plan and printed a sample of a project I was working on (side note #2: that project come out all wrong too and I ended up scrapping 100 postcards which I have been using for list making for months.  lesson: don't work while overtired. just don't).  One sheet misfed, one was too light. I was given 4 different sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper and I fed them to the hungry Heidelberg.  Finally, here are the results: 

the paper sent to me from paper connection

the paper sent to me from paper connection

polymer plate printing and the machine that keeps eating

polymer plate printing and the machine that keeps eating

on the left: the image on french paper, on the right, a too-soft impression on the handmade

on the left: the image on french paper, on the right, a too-soft impression on the handmade

with thanks to may and paper connection, despite the unsuccessful experimentation on my part,