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Homemade Blotter


Another spot to tuck reminders in is a blotter. (It also protects the desk from leaky pens and spilled coffee.) Cover a 16-by-20-inch art panel with paper cut an inch larger on all sides. Center panel on wrong side of paper. Score paper along panel. Dab edges with craft glue; fold over. Turn panel over, slip on two elastics. Slide in loose art paper 1/4 inch narrower than the panel on all sides.

Reviews (8)

  • Bill_Malts_First_Male_Crafter 27 Dec, 2010

    Blotter paper, available from specialty art/stationery sources, is a heavy stock similar in texture and absorbency to watercolor paper. It has no coating or pigmentation that might leave a stain on fine stationery. Wallpaper would look nice, but not work well because of the rub-off issue, especially if one was creasing a card with a bone folder. Crescent illustration board is a good substitute. Blotter paper was pressed directly onto writing made with a fountain or dip pen to dry the ink.

  • emilysophie 18 Apr, 2010

    By "art panel" they mean canvas board. It is painter's canvas, instead of being stretched on wooden frames, or rolled, it is applied to a hard board backing. It comes in many different sizes. I found rolls of designer wallpaper that I might try with this! Thank you for a great idea.

  • Ferderberger 27 Dec, 2009

    What kind of "paper"?

  • carabau 24 Jun, 2009

    "Art panel" is a canvas panel sold at art or craft stores.

  • marialuiza76 24 Jun, 2009

    What do they mean by "art panel"?

  • 812SAL 24 Jun, 2009

    Great idea!

  • meganelizabeth 6 Jul, 2008

    I made this after being unable to find any decent looking desk blotters at any stores. I love it and it was easy to make. I found that satin ribbon looks a lot better than elastic, and it is available in more colors. Also, you could use fabric to cover the panel instead of paper, but still use blotting paper for the top layer.

  • carabau 12 Apr, 2008

    Blotting paper should be available at your local art store .