|Handmade papers from a local library workshop
The Middletown Free Library offers a full roster of Makery events, bringing the arts and crafting to our local community through free adult programming. Recently I attended a workshop with my mother where we made our own paper. I had tried this years ago, with all the "right" supplies, and wasn't particularly pleased with my results. Here we used some interesting "around the house" sorts of supplies, and I really like the papers I created!
|Here I am, ready for some paper-making!
Then we dumped the blender carafe of pulp into our plastic tub of water. The next step is to dunk our framed screen under the water, drawing pulp up onto it as we bring it back above the surface.
|Pulp on the screen with petal and tea leaf embellishments
|Table of inspiration and embellishments
|Using a sponge to push out as much water from the pulp as possible
|Some paper required more "encouraging" than others to get it to come off the screen!
|My handmade papers drying on the floor of our workroom
And what a stack of interesting handmade papers I had to show for my efforts!
|A new stash of handmade art-making materials!
I love that the materials we used in the Middletown workshop were all easily accessible for someone at home--no big investment in supplies other than some screening from the hardware store.
|More paper-makers at play
|My mom. Those water tubs didn't stay clean for long once we started playing with the pulp!