Learn how to make paper from plants and recycled paper during this one-day hands-on workshop. You’ll learn how to process gathered materials like corn husks or iris leaves, create a pulp, make sheets and dry textured paper – all techniques you can recreate at home with simple supplies. Then build a supply of your own paper for drawing, painting, writing, or bookmaking – or even 3-D sculptures!
Making paper by hand is a craft that goes back thousands of years, to the Han Dynast in China, where it was created using mulberry plants, old rags and even fishnets. In this workshop you’ll learn how to identify, harvest and process plants and materials to make beautiful and textured handmade paper and master the techniques for making successful sheets of paper that you can use for writing, drawing, bookmaking and painting. We’ll touch, tear and write on a variety of types of handmade paper, make pulp and pull dozens of sheets of paper, learn techniques for drying paper, and gain skill using and cleaning a mold and deckle. We’ll also watch a few short videos of papermakers in other parts of the world. By the end of this workshop, you’ll have the experience and confidence to make your own paper at home.
Students should bring a plastic dishwashing tub (at least 12″ x16″ x 4″ deep), old towels, old sheet to tear up and use as paper carrier, apron and lunch.
Materials fee is $10 paid to the instructor at the time of the workshop.