That was Friday. Yesterday I went and picked it up. If you remember about a year ago, I tried to make my own paper, from directions off an internet site.
|Here's a photo of the old paper and the paper I just completed.|
Two things I learned on Friday:
1) I need to blend less of the shredding paper/water mixture into my larger bin of water, and
2) I need to let the paper air dry for a few days, sitting on felt. You can also use sheets or blankets. I was having a hard time peeling my final product off of shop towels.
|old and new|
Here's another photo of old and new paper. The orange paper is the one I just made. It's regular pulp with Rit dye added. The interior is a scrap of white paper I made previously. The green in the paper is from flowers and leaves I crumpled into it, from newly pruned trees! I just squished the old sheet into the center of the new, when I first put it on the felt to dry. Looks like a frame to me!
|newspaper and potpourri mix|
I didn't know you could buy pulp - well, I should have know that! The whole idea for me with making paper is to recycle my mail and printer paper. I tried Jordan's newspaper and water mix, with some sprinkled potpourri, when it was drying. It smelled delicious at the time but lost all its sweetness by the time I picked it up.
|pulp and onion mix|
Isn’t this fun!? I started adding things on top of my pulp. One of my favorite ingredients were onion skins! I would have never thought of that! Thanks Claudia for the suggestion - I think it turned out great!
What would you suggest to add to pulp?