Jul 20, 2010

My Own Papers

Spent a lovely day today making papers. I'm still quite interested in making more of my own hand made papers for using in my torn paper paintings.
I had a great time experimenting with different papers and inclusions....not to mention the different thicknesses.
The greenest paper you can see here in the bottom row has pink added to it, which I did with some pink slurry I'd had from a previous day of experiments. I dropped the pink into the vat before pulling up the mould.

For some of the pieces you can see fibers from adding pieces of raffia to the mix.
Making paper is a bit of a messy process...but doing it on a hot summer day isn't all that bad!!




8 comments:

NotJustAnotherBrickInTheWall said...

Oh so cool! :D I didnt know you can make papers at home! How do you do that? Could you make a post about it? (if it's not a secret (: )

sharon said...

These colors are luscious Wanda, and the texture is so beautiful!

WW said...

Thanks
I'm happy with the batch from today.
NJABITW.....Oh no...no secret at all. People have been doing this forever. I'm relativly new to doing larger sheets like this, but when I was still teaching art in school I had the students making paper with coffee cans and window screen. Doesn't have to be fancy tools.
I'm not sure when I'd be able to do a post on it right now, but if you google "making paper", you'll find lots of info.
I used both a dip mould and a pour mould.
If you want the best book I've seen yet for making paper, along with much creativity....get The Art of Handmade Paper and Collage by Cheryl Stevenson (amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Art-Handmade-Paper-Collage-Extraordinary/dp/1564771563/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279666353&sr=1-1)

Terri Kahrs said...

Wanda, the colors are soooo pretty! I just wish I could reach into your post and touch them!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

The Zombie Crafter said...

Oooh, the colors are so yummy!

French Bean & Coffee Bean said...

Wow! I can only imagine the actual process itself.

-French Bean

WW said...

Thanks.
The process is messy fun and the end result is pretty satisfying!! :)

greer / eggstudio said...

Those colors are so bright!
That's some really cool paper you have going there.