Make Your Own Paper and Oracle Cards
by Kat Wojdyla
Since the lockdown started I had a lot of free time to try new things. One of them was making my own oracle cards from scratch, which involved making my own paper. At first I thought I need a lot of fancy equipment, but it turns out you can find most of the things at home. Here are the steps for making your own paper:
1. Find Old Paper
Find paper you no longer need, like old newspapers, letters, anything you would put in a recycling bin. Tear all the paper into small pieces and place in a blender. If you don’t have a standing blender, I used a stick blender and a big pot, it worked well!
Blend your paper as smooth as possible.
To make sheets of paper you will need two empty frames and some sort of net. I couldn’t find any net at home so I used a lid from a container that had weave-like structure.
Pour the paper mixture into a big container with water. The container should be big enough so you can fit your frame.
With the net attached to a frame, submerge it in the paper and water mixture and bring it to surface. Water will escape through the net and you will be left with paper pulp.
6. Remove Excess Water
It’s time to get rid of excess water! Use a sponge, towels, whatever you have handy. This takes a while, so be patient.
7. Remove from Net
Once you dried the paper enough, you should be able to remove it from the net. It will still need some drying. You can place each sheet of paper between layers of fabric and use books to weigh the sheets down.
Once all the water evaporates- well done! You made your own paper!
If you would like more fancy paper, you can add flower petals, tiny bits of coloured paper, threads or whatever comes to your mind between stage 4 and 5.
Once my paper dried, I decided to transform it into my own oracle cards. The good thing about making your own cards is that you can add whatever messages or images you want. I went with symbols from ‘The Book of Symbols- Reflections on Archetypal Images’. I opened the book at random page and would take whatever symbol came up. Later I traced the card shape I wanted on the sheet of paper and cut it out.
For painting the symbols I used watercolours and went with simple blue colour. You can spend as long or as little time as you want on one card. You can draw little illustrations, or you can write a single word on each of them. It is up to you and whatever your intuition is guiding you to do. I decided to do quick drawings, without worrying about proper shapes or proportions. It was my immediate response to the symbol, so I wanted it to be direct and spontaneous. I also added the title for each card so it was easier to read them later. I ended up with 52 cards, and since the paper I made was pretty thick, I have to shuffle the cards in three separate piles!