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How to print on handmade paper

Updated: Dec 28, 2021

It might take some practice but it is sooo worth it!

Not much is greater than printing on handmade paper, but it is not as easy and the same as normal paper. And also, I don't know about your printer. But mine has a will of his own. If for example press the 'OK' button before the text moves on the display, it will not work anymore and I have to switch the printer off and on again. Yeh, took me a while to figure that one out. The key to this, and to almost all creative project or challenges in life. Keep on trying and don't give up. Because the result is soooo worth it! So these are my tips:

1 I always lose a few sheets in the process because it prints crooked or the printer starts 'cleaning' in the middle of a series of print and the paper comes out half printed. So make sure you have enough sheets before you start. We 'couch' our paper on felt sheets, therefore one side of the paper may have some (invisible) felt dust on in. You can simply rub your hand over the paper on a flat surface to get rid of them.

2 It is very useful if you have a printer with an extra side tray where you can load the paper one at a time. If you're looking for a new printer, be sure to check out if it has the option of printing on handmade paper. Many new printers have this nowadays. I myself have a HP Color Lasterjet Pro M454DN and except for the OK button thing, it works great!

3 The most important thing when printing on handmade paper is that the printer settings are correct. If you set this all up correctly, the rest is very easy. In my case, I go to the HP smart center on my laptop. Here I go for advanced settings - preferences - paper and tray management. Here I choose heavy paper, and here I also set the size of the paper used.

4 'Slow printing' unfortunately you cannot print a whole stack at once with this paper. I feed the papers one by one to the printer. The paper is handmade and each paper has a slightly different shape or edge. When feeding the paper one by one, I make sure that each paper goes straight into the printer. This way I make sure that everything is printed straight.

5 Always print a test first. If you are going to print in color, always check how the colors appear on the paper first. This can be very different from standard paper. If you want the best results, make sure to invest some time in setting your printer's color preferences. Once you've done this, it's ready for the rest of your print jobs!

6 Make sure you clean the printer properly. If you want to continue printing high-quality prints, clean the printer internally regularly. Some of the frayed edges of the paper may remain inside the printer.

If you need any help or if you would like to help, list the printer you use in the comments below!

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