Friday, May 4, 2012

Making Paper

 Our local fiber art group met today and we made hand made paper. I've never made paper before because the preparation always seems too overwhelming. But Carole really made it simple. She had all the screens ready and showed us a simple way to make small sheets of paper.

 I have tons of dyed paper towels that I have been saving so I tore some green, yellow and blue ones up and soaked them in warm water. Then whirred them up in a blender and poured the pulp in a tub with extra water. I got so involved that I forgot to take any more photos. But you take the screen and scoop up paper pulp and then squeeze out the excess water.

Here are some of our finished sheets of paper. The bright colored pieces are felt that we used for soaking up excess water. My pieces are the two bright green pieces towards the bottom. It was lots of fun and now I have to see what the paper looks like when dry. Next time we are going to learn some bookbinding techniques so I think I'll save my paper for that.


Anonymous said...

They all look great, Ruth :)
I forgot that I made some paper a few years ago after finding a tutorial on flickr. I found the paper and the screens recently when I was tidying up, and it suddenly made sense why I had a 'pair of tights' with one leg missing :)

Vicki W said...

Oooh, I love making paper!

Donna said...

Very cool! I have a book with instructions in it for making paper, among other things. I've never tried it though.

Sandy said...

Isn't paper making fun? Thanks for commenting on my blog.