View Full Version : Making your own paper

08-10-2000, 01:46 PM
Paper making has always interested me, but I've never tried it. I'm familiar with the basic concept...spread a thin layer of just about any kind of pulp (saw someone on TV one time make their pulp from blue denim scraps from a textile mill...what a way to save some trees!) over a fine screen, let dry. Would anyone here happen to be more familiar with the details of the process? It seems like it would be really neat to try.


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08-10-2000, 06:30 PM
I've always felt the same way about handmade papers....they fascinate me...the texture, the colors! And at one time I actually thought I would dive into the paper making project and see what I could come up with...but after reading up on some of the procedures, I decided I could just purchase enough at art stores to satisfy my craving. I was afraid my kitchen couldn't withstand the added mess! lol

I thought I'd share this website with you..it makes it all sound so simple (because its designed for kids to understand) and that's just what I needed.. http://www.beakman.com/paper/paper.html

Let me know how it turns out!

09-11-2000, 11:53 AM
I made a lot of hand-paper last year, and i had a lot of fun, getting really nice sheets of paper.
I have instruction and some tips i found out in italian http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif , when i'll have time i'll try to tranlate and send to this forum.
Anyway, i suggest you the following sites:

hoping to be helpful and to have time soon!
ciao, http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif rapolina

Lady Artist
09-14-2000, 11:01 PM
My question about handmade papers would be -- if you paint on it, does the paint run? What about writing on it with felt tip pens? Would they "bleed" too?

Like everyone posting so far, I'd love to try it, but sounds like a soppy wet mess in the kitchen and maybe does it dull the blades of your food processor?

09-24-2000, 04:15 PM
I spent 3 semesters in papermaking in college. It is messy, but oh so much fun http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

There are many ways to make paper, and many ways to use the pulp. I did a lot of 3D work with it, and used a deckle and frame to make very thin and very thick sheets. The thick sheets I embossed with linoleum blocks I had carved.

I am taking a papermaking seminar this next weekend with a master papermaker. He makes and ships paper custom order to artists all over the states and Canada. He has all the equipment to make paper of all kinds. I do know that he makes watercolor paper for special order, and has the capability to do hot and cold press. The paper does not bleed as many would think it would because of the ingredients used. He also uses a lot of indigenous plant materials in some of his work. These give the paper a very special feel and look. I would suggest anyone interested in this medium to read all you can on it and look in fibers magazines for pieces that people have done with paper. You will be delightfully surprised by what you find I assure you.


11-07-2000, 12:33 AM
I am making paper today for the first time since elementary school, and am loving it. My dad is in the paper recycling business, and when I was younger, he used to help us make paper from old newspapers for science projects. Of course, my method is very crude. I am actually using an old window screen and my food processor. But, so far I am pleased with the results. There's something about having my hands in a tub full of soft, warm paper pulp that just feels good.
Anyway, thanks for the inspiration to try it again, everyone.


11-07-2000, 03:13 PM

Here are a couple of books to check out. They are wonderful guides to papermaking, and have some of the history of the craft.

PAPERMAKING - THE HISTORY AND TECHNIQUE OF AN ANCIENT CRAFT, by Hunter, Dard, 1974, Dover Publications, Inc., New York

PAPERMAKING, by Heller, Jules, 1978, Watson-Guptell Publications, 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

THE ART AND CRAFT OF PAPERMAKING, by Dawson, Ssophie, 1992, Running Press Book Publishers, 125 South Twenty-second Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

THE ART AND CRAFT OF HANDMADE PAPER, by Studley, Vance, 1977, Dover Publications, Inc.

PAPERMAKING FOR BASKETRY AND OTHER CRAFTS, by Strearns, Lynn (ED.) 1992, Lark Books, 50 College Street, Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.A. 28801

Hope these will be helpful.


11-27-2000, 05:55 AM
I found another URL dealing with home-made paper,; i've had no time to look at it, but maybe can be interesting.

Hi, http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif rapolina.