Frequently Asked Questions:

What is paper-leather?

My very first blog post sets out to explain this.

What happens if the paper gets wet?

Even when wet, kraft paper remains tear-resistant.

The DrawBag® line of backpacks also include a non-toxic and biodegradable ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) mid-layer for water-resistance between the paper outer and the fabric interior to help protect the contents within.

Other products in the brand such as LunchKraft® use different materials or an added water-resistant treatment to the paper as appropriate. Check out the unique specifications on each product for more detail.

In every product, permanent inks, paints, and even water-based artistic media that is afterward sealed or fixed on the paper surface won’t be degraded by water.

Will kraft paper tear easily? 

No it won’t! It’s incredibly strong and you may just have to see this for yourself before believing it. The secret lies in the chemical process used during the manufacture of kraft paper-leather.

Can I wash Schooled by Paper® products? 

Yes you can. Although I’ve personally run different products through a washing machine, we would recommend hand washing and drip drying to protect hardware such as zippers and snaps. These potentially could be damaged by bouncing against the sides of a machine during its cycle.

Will the ink wash out or bleed? 

The permanent markers  included with some products are alcohol-based and will not wash out or bleed unless specific solvents are used on them (Did you know that permanent marker ink can sometimes be removed from paper with nail polish remover, hairspray, or toothpaste?) Water-based and other non-permanent inks such as regular ball-point pens will both wash out as well as bleed unless sealed or fixed as you would with a pencil or ink drawing on convention art paper.

What other artistic media can I use on the products?

There are so many! More than can be listed here, although I’m working on a future blog post to list the ones I’ve seen some really fantastic results with. You can also look at the One World Artist Gallery to see how some very creative people around the world have experimented with different media on Schooled by Paper products.

Is the paper sourced ethically? 

Yes. All paper used in Schooled by Paper products originates from sustainable forests certified by a globally recognized body. We are currently in the process of certifying all steps in our supply chain with this body in order to officially promote this. You can find the certification of our supplier here as well as learn more about how forests and supply chains are ethically managed by going to www.fsc.org.

Are the included markers safe for children? 

Yes. They are non-toxic and conform to all safety standards required for sales to the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Although not marketed specifically as children’s products, all bags and markers have been third-party lab tested to meet applicable children’s product requirements, too.

All third-party lab testing and certification can be found here.

Can I erase my drawings on the paper? 

Permanent inks and paints will be difficult to erase. If you are unsure of your first drawing, we recommend you draw your design a few times on regular paper to build your confidence, and then sketch lightly in pencil (which can be erased) before using permanent artistic media of your choice.

How much weight can Schooled by Paper bags carry? 

Although we don’t have a specific number for you… more than you would want to carry. One of the uses for kraft paper is making bags for concrete mix.

Are the products recyclable or recycled? 

Yes, the kraft-paper leather exterior is recyclable on all products. Much of the plastic hardware used is made from recycled plastic, and other materials like cotton straps and EVA mid-layer are biodegradable. The insulation of the LunchKraft lunchbox is metallized PET foil (PET MET) made from recycled water bottles.

Where did you get the idea for paper backpacks to draw on?

The short answer is here.

Where can I share pictures of my artwork on a Schooled by Paper bag with others? 

You can use the hashtag #schooledbypaper as well as #thedrawbag and #lunchkraft. You can also send me a message. I love to hear about how Schooled by Paper products are being used creatively by others around the world!

What are the weird poems in your blog?

Like many Americans of my generation, I grew up in the religious subculture of evangelical Christianity. In high school and college, I began studying philosophy, comparative religions, and spirituality in general, and found myself drawn to Taoism and Buddhism in their meditations on human suffering as well as the nature of self and consciousness. From this fertile soil came a mashup of artistic expression and writing over the years that also incorporated contemporary pop cultural references and humor in my writing and visual artwork.

The zen koan or haiku are forms I have often drawn inspiration from in such work, and some of my blog posts use variations on these to speak to an audience that grew up in similar circumstances as I did. These little word games, poetic morsels, and jokes seek to enlighten on potentially limiting thoughts and perspectives that lead to needless suffering.

In psychoanalytic and philosophical terms, such limitations could be termed neuroses stemming from a culture of rational materialism in the absence of spirituality.