Q:

How are paper watermarks made?

A:

Quick Answer

A watermark is made on a sheet of wet paper as it passes through a large roll during the paper making process. A watermark is a change of thickness in paper that creates a design or mark. The origin of watermarks is unclear, but they have been used as identification marks and decoration.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

Dandy rolls are the large rolls that the wet paper is pushed through during the drying process of paper making. The dandy rolls have the watermark design imprinted on them; the mark is pressed into the paper, which makes the paper thicker and thinner in places to form the design. The design is only viewable when held up to a light. The earliest watermark can be traced to Bologna, Italy in 1282, but the exact origin and purpose of the watermark is unclear. Some paper manufacturers have used watermarks as the maker's trademark or identifying design to identify the size of the paper, the quality, the date the paper was made, or the location of the paper mill. While watermarks are still used to make counterfeiting more difficult, they are also used for decoration. There are two types of watermarks: the light and shade watermark, which creates more detail, and the wire watermark, which is marked by lines.

Learn more about Paper Crafts
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How do you make a butterfly?

    A:

    Make a butterfly by cutting a paper plate in two for the wings and pasting them onto an empty toilet paper roll. This craft requires a paper plate, a toilet paper roll, paint, wiggle eyes, pipe cleaner, scissors, a paint brush and glue.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you make a fortune teller?

    A:

    To create a fortune teller, you use a sheet of 8.5-inch x 11-inch (notebook paper) and follow a series of folds.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Can lamination be removed from paper?

    A:

    Lamination can be removed from paper by cutting the corner of the clear laminated area of the document to provide an opening. Carefully cut along the edges of the lamination and peel back the clear cover to reveal the document that has been laminated.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you make an origami balloon?

    A:

    To make an origami balloon, make the first creases, fold into squares, make squash folds to create a diamond, fold the paper into a hexagon, create flaps, tuck into the flaps and inflate the balloon. Making an origami balloon takes roughly 15 minutes and requires a square sheet of origami paper.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore