Details on Embossing

In an earlier post, I talked about an artist who used embossing to give dimension to his work. While applying pressure and heat is one form of embossing, another way to accomplish the effect is to manipulate the fibers while they are still hardening into a sheet of paper. The process of paper making involves pulling the fibers with a screen and pressing the liquid out. During this pressing process, embossing can be performed by impressing different objects into the fibers. The objects can range from textured surfaces to cutouts to strings, and the amount of pressure applied during the impression affects the visibility of the embossing. After the impressions, the fibers dry, and the paper left holds the imprints in a dried state. For more on the process, check this article out.

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