Wednesday, August 8, 2012

New Lessons in Papermaking

Luckily I saw the Lawton - Ft. Sill Art Council calendar of events and was able to attend my first workshop.  I made some paper!

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?


Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Who would have thought of onion skins! I agree, they look great! I thought they were rose petals at first -- there's a thought -- flowers would be very pretty!

Karen S. said...

The makings of something really special!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

What a neat idea to add potpourri and onion skins! And I love how you added your old paper to your new paper! I bet you're dying to make more :)

Rose said...

I love the layering ideas! It's been fun learning about this process from you.

Nancy said...

Wow...those are neat looking! That seems like a fun thing to learn. AND, how cool that you got to take a class after you tried it on your own so that you knew some new tips!

Erika said...

The one with the onion skins looks neat. It is too bad that the aroma did not stay after adding the potpourri--that would have been a nice touch!

Judy Nolan said...

This is something I'd like to try. I have a paper screen already, but I need to get some of the pulp you mentioned. I love the idea of adding onion skins.

Splendid Little Stars said...

I made paper once in a class long ago. It was definitely fun!
so many things you can add---glitter; bits of cut up stuff like paper, ribbons; plant material like dried flowers; swirls or dots of paint. Play and have fun!

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