Turning my scraps of paper into recycled sheets is something I had been wanting to try in a long time so this week end,Gabrielle,my eldest, and I had a go at it.
Here is an illustration of hours of messy fun:
1.We shredded and then cut scraps ( we managed to jam the tiny paper shredder!):
2.We soaked the paper in H20 overnight:
3. We put a cup of soaked paper + 2 to 3 cups of hot H2O + some liquid glue in a blender and pulsed a few seconds:
4. We poured the pulp into a tub:
5. We slided a frame in the tub and allowed the pulp to settle onto the screen:
6. We lifted the screen out of the mixture and tried to keep it as flat as possible.We placed newspapers, towels, felt on a flat surface and flipped the screen paper-side-down on the cloth. ( this is called COUCHING ):
7. We covered the paper with another layer of felt and pressed the excess of H2O with a rolling pin:
8. We lifted the screen gently ( = the hard part )starting at the corners:
9. Place the sheets out of the way to dry. We put them in the sun and let them dry all day. Here is what they looked like before I ironed them:
10. One of my favorites is the one with bits of crayolas ( saved after sharpening them ), I also like the ones with bigger pieces of paper:
As in every project, there are good things and not so good things about paper making.
The not-so-good: breaking appliances is really easy, we jammed the shredder and broke the new blender! we also spent the best part of the day on this ( note to self: plan lunch ahead of time when embarking on such a time consuming project! and no Gabrielle, Momma can't make you a milk shake when she's trying to pulse paper).It's also a very messy project so it requires a lot of cleaning up afterwards and I had a hard time finding candidates for that part!
On the good side: doing it with my daughter(s), Lily joined us for a little while. The good laughs,the beautiful sun drying our papers super fast and keeping me "oh-so-happy", the serenity we enjoyed for hours,having our patience tested, which, in craft-making I truly enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed reading this very long post,I wonder whether paper making is something you've tried and enjoyed? I would love to read about your experiences.