I center my paper beading around recycling paper. I did use watercolors to create a specific paper bead when someone had a request, but normally it is simply paper from magazines, mailers, ads from newspapers, and scrapbook paper I have in my stash.
There is another way to get the paper you want. Julie A. Bolduc at paperbeadcrafts.com has a program that will print designs on paper based on the user’s preferences. She gives information regarding the intervals of the design and shape of bead desired. You choose. I suppose it is technically not recycling, but it may be worth a look. It could also give you more paper beading ideas. You also need a good color printer. (Which brings up the subject of toner cartridges, but that is a topic for another day.)
[Regarding printing your own paper for beads, I have a confession. I never thought of that!]
A good point of the program: It is not downloaded to your computer. I am always wary of those type programs. Below is one of her designs. I can see where this blue border would a beautiful tube bead.
Thank you Ms. Bolduc for your hardwork.
Coming: I use the above program….