Our kit includes:
It all started way back in 105 A.D. when a Chinese
T'sai Lun, discovered a way to make paper out of old rags. The
guarded their new secret and it wasn't until 500 years later that
Korea and Japan.
It then spread westward to Europe. In the
States, a German colonist set up the first American paper mill near
Philadelphia in 1690.
Until 150 years ago there was o paper other than
that made by
To make paper, there are three steps that T'sai
papermaking machines and modern handpaper-makers alike follow.
They are: preparing
the material from which you will make paper, forming the sheet and
drying the sheet.
- a frame without a screen (included in our kit)
- frame with screen (included in our kit)
starch or "gawgaw"
used paper -
should not be glossy or coated. Examples of paper that can be
used: computer paper, intermediate pad, typewriting paper, onion skin,
coupon bond, envelopes, receipts, office memos, etc. Do not use
newspapers as your handmade paper will discolor. Use colored
paper to add color.
blender - Use of
the blender is optional. If you do not have a blender, soak torn
paper in water for at least one day to soften paper, then pound soaked
paper till it disintegrates.
tub or basin -
Bigger than mould and deckle (with space enough for your hands at the
'tabo' to transfer water
*kits are available with Handmade Paper Making
Instructions and Craft Ideas at
all Papemelroti Branches
paper into pieces about 1/2" square. You can also use a paper
shredder if you have one.
paper up to 1/3 full in blender. Add water until 2/3 full.
Blend 2-3 seconds. Repeat until you get the desired
consistency. (Paper should become separately frayed fibers.
If you want an interesting texture, add dried leaves or thin stalks and
mixture into tub. (Technical name for this is pulp slurry) Repeat
procedure with blender until it is about 4 inches deep or more.
(To make thin paper, more water is needed. For paper with
thickness of bond paper, 3 grams of pulp for every liter of water is
gawgaw to mixture to serve as a binder. (To make gawgaw, use 1 tbsp. of
uncooked starch for a tub of water. If you use cooked starch,
amount is usually 10% based on the dried weight of the pulp.) You
can add pressed leaves or flowers, corn hair, thread, etc. to
mixture. Just make sure these are paper thin or else they will
not attach to the paper pulp.
mould and deckle firmly together with deckle uppermost and screen in
between. Dip into tub and scoop up pulp.
frames up and let water drain back into tub. Shake gently to
distribute fibers evenly. Continue draining by tipping from one
separate deckle, and lay mould upside down (with the wet pulp on the
underside) on a folded sheet of newspaper.
excess water with sponge or piece of chamois pressed against screen
surface. If you are making plenty of sheets, you may pile the
sheets with the folded newspaper between them until the time you can
lay them out to dry.
separate mould from the sheet. If paper still sticks to mould,
this means you need to remove more water with the sponge.
sheets dry for 1/2 to 1 day. When they dry, you can easily
separate them from the newspaper. (To squeeze out water and
flatten sheets, you can place the pile of wet paper and newspapers
between a couple of boards and top it with a heavy object for a while.
a) To put
color in your work, you may either start
recycled colored stock or pour liquid fabric dye into the
blender. You can also use
vegetable dyes, Rit dye or procion dye.
Another way of livening up your paper is by
things in your new sheet of paper while it is still wet and on the
mould. It can be
quite tricky balancing that leaf across the paper but a good
arrangement is worth
it. You can also put these little add-ons directly to the vat or
will adhere to paper when it is damp, so
attach two sheets together. Apply pressure at the point of
contact. If you
want to embed an object which is thick enough to make a
bump, you might laminate a second,
thinner sheet on top of the object to hold it in place. You can
different colors of paper to get a two-toned effect.
can form embossed images by using cookie
cutters and different objects (like the dove image at right).
Painting them or adding glitter or gold outlines will also give them a
unique look. Use as the focal point of your artwork or to accent
a picture frame, box or scrapbook cover. Here it is used to
spruce up a kraft paper bag.
you can take all of the above methods and
combine them in any way you like. You could blend up
several different colored pulps and embed them to make an image or
design. You could make pulps of different textures for a texture
collage. Maybe some of your paper experiments have one
particular portion that you like. Tear it out and embed it
in a new sheet of a contrasting color. Make a polka dot
sheet. You can bind your papers together and make a book or put
several sheets together to use for stationery . Some may be ready to
mat and hang up for display. Others may be for wrapping
gifts or making greeting cards.
probably find more and more ways of
handmade paper as you recycle more and more of your used paper.
Have fun doing it!
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