It might sound crazy but I have never had the opportunity to learn how to make my own paper. I surely knew the process, very close to the "papier mache" technique, I also like to use Nepalese and Lokta paper to cover my cardboard furniture, but I never made a single sheet of paper myself! The experience was very exciting.
I first watched videos and tutorials online. I saw people using newspaper, white paper, colored paper, even fabric, like denim! I also learned how to make my own mould. A month ago, I borrowed a book at the library, "The Organic Artist" by Nick Neddo and read a lot about sustainable art, how to make your own paint, ink, and of course paper... It's fascinating!
Old kitchen blender - (not the one to cook with!) I found one at Goodwill
Newspaper or used paper from your recycle garbage can - no plastic -
Basin or vat
A large sponge
Cloth, towels or absorbent rug
A service tray
Gather the material and set up your station!
Shred/rip up the newspaper or discarded paper. Put a couple of handful in the blender - Cover with water - Blend it to create your pulp.
The color of the scraps will determine the final color of your paper - Experiment and have fun.
You can also add leaves or flowers and blend them with your scraps. It will add texture.
Pour the pulp in your basin, filled with water. Mix it up with your hands - adjust the amount of pulp - the more you have the thicker your paper will be.
Dive your mould and decker in the basin - Lift it out horizontally from the basin - Give it a quick shake - Let the water run off and drain.
I added some dry flowers, grass and leaves - Feel free also to add a drop of acrylic paint to give it some colors!
Take off the decker /the frame from the mould - Flip the paper on a service tray or an absorbent rug/cloth - place the screen on top
Absorb as much water as you can by pressing the sponge -
Take off the screen delicately - at this point I like to press the paper again and again to absorb more and more water. You can also transfer the paper from a towel to another dry one.
Let dry your paper at least 24 hours.
You can create book marks, cards or journals!