Handmade Paper

I’ve worked with cattail, tule (bull rush), soft rush, iris, day lily, pampas grass, sedge and agricultural waste like wheat stalk and corn husk, as well as abaca, cotton and recycled materials.

 

Papers are pressed with a 20-ton hydraulic press to form a strong, durable sheet suitable for printmaking, bookbinding and a variety of other uses. The paper is dried restrained so that the finished products hold their shape nicely. OR, they are subject to more experimental techniques that allow the paper to arrive organically at its final shape and texture.

 

There are so many techniques that can transform a simple sheet of paper into an object with surprising visual and/or sculptural impact. Watermarks and embossing (shown below) are only the beginning.

The paper above was left outside before the drying process and a spring rain left it’s mark.

Papers can be made in any shape, which allows the unique line of a natural deckle to lend an organic shape to a stack of pages.

 

When wet papers are laminated together before pressing and drying, the result is a thin flexible sheet that can have a strong design element without the addition of paints or inks.

 

Pulp “painting”, illustrated on the Custom Books page, is another way to add color using pigment in the papermaking process.

 

The great thing about papermaking is that some techniques are very accessible for beginners, and there’s a lifetime of study to pursue if you really want to become a master.