Paper is manufactured from the cellulose fibers of plants, primarily cotton, flax, and wood. The fibers are reduced to a pulp and then formed into a felted sheet on a screen or a sieve. Types of paper include laid, woven, hand-made, or machine-made.
It is important to understand that parchment or vellum and papyrus are not considered paper.
- Parchment or vellum is animal hide covered in lime and dried under tension.
- Papyrus is not considered paper. Papyrus is made from the moist outer skins of water reeds that have been lined up at right angles to each other and then beaten until the layers become interlocked.
- Don't tape paper tears.
- Protect paper-based prints from light.
- Don't laminate.
- Don't glue to a backboard.
Paper objects include:
- works of art
- photo albums
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