Making Paper

Decided to try something new, so now I am making paper in the living room. So far it is going very well so hopefully me and Luciana will have a sketchbook full of homemade paper soon. I am surprised of how quick and easy it is to make and I think it is a very good idea for all the leftover paper – I love recycling!

Saturday evening fun!
Close up of the paper pulp, still wet.

If you want to try this yourself, you need a frame with netting of some kind, old pieces of paper, a blender, a tray, some netting, a sponge and water.

What you do:

  1. Fill the tray with some water and put the frame with netting inside.
  2. Shred the paper and blend it with some water (cover the paper pieces).
  3. Pour the pulp into the frame and spread it around.
  4. Move the frame to somewhere dry and place the netting on top of the paper pulp.
  5. Sponge the paper pulp trough the netting and pick it up to dry.
  6. You can dry it under paper towels by ironing it and place it under books to make it flat.

I am definitely going to make more paper – hopefully a sketchbook or two.

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