Definition of deckle edge: the irregular, untrimmed edge of handmade paper, often used for ornamental effect in fine books and stationery
This was one of those projects I put off for far too long. I love deckle edge paper, I want to use it for everything …. and it’s so simple to make!
Paper (any kind, I’m using 70lb drawing paper … not handmade as per the definition, but oh well)
Straight Edge (I’m using my t-ruler)
Cutting Board (totally optional)
Cut your paper, adding an extra 1/2″ to account for the ripping and tearing you’ll do later. For a sheet that measures 7×10″ (for use in my 5×7″ journals) I’ll cut 10.5×7.5″.
Gather your cutting board (optional) and straight edge (really not optional). I find that hanging the paper over the edge of the cutting board makes the tearing easier: I’m not having to pry the edge of the paper off of my surface.
Tear! I eyeball it: leave 1/4″ to tear, more or less.
Work your way around the edges.
Admire the pretty paper you just made!
Some guides I read (because I believe in google) wet the edges … I did not notice enough of a difference to employ that step, but it’s worth a try to see what you think.
And if you want to use deckle edged paper but don’t want to make it yourself, I sell it;)
Art On, my friends: there are so many beautiful things to make!