Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Papermaking


For the last few days, I have been trying to make paper - from old paper, not wood.
This is a messy process. One starts by shredding the old paper in a mixer, with lots of water.
The pulp-gruel is mixed with a little glue, and kept suspended in a large vat, or tub, of water.
Then one uses a wire mesh on a frame, or some such implement, to scoop out just enough paper pulp to make the right thickness of sheet, squeezes most of the water out, and waits for it to dry.... sounds easy enough, but quite tricky to get just right.

Here's the fourth sheet I made, and the first one that didn't become thick as a biscuit, and didn't have holes.
I tested some watercolor on it, and it is a little like painting on a paper napkin. Absorbent and weak.

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