Papermaking was an idea that came to me one weekend after a visit from our daughter, Sarah. It all started in May of 2010. Sarah came home from Brooklyn with six of her house mates to have a skill share weekend. Each friend shared a skill or craft with the group. For example: Cell phone light photography, cooking, beginning Braille and basic guitar, to name a few. Sarah shared a simple bookbinding technique, the pamphlet stitch, using colorful paper remains ranging from pieces of manila folder to discarded pages from a book. When her skill share was complete she gathered the scraps of unused paper in a bag and asked me to please recycle them.
When the nest was empty again, I looked through the bag to be sure there was nothing there I could use when suddenly I had an “hmmm” moment! I wonder if I could make handmade paper. So, me being me, I immediately “purchased” a papermaking mould and deckle. No, I didn’t build it. I am way too impatient for that!
So it began! After a minimal amount of research I shredded the contents of the bag….every bit, and threw it by the handful into an old kitchen blender. I added the water and blended on high until the slurry ‘looked right’. Following the directions I had read I ‘pulled’ several sheets of paper, some in strange colors that I called Pepto-pink and grey flannel. I was very pleased with the outcome and continued, perfecting my technique and collecting a library of books to learn more.
Now, it is with great pleasure that I present to you the paper and the items I create as I grow and learn!