How to make paper.

I am assisting professor Linda Herritt on her pieces.  Linda is going to use hand made paper to paint watercolors; but rather than using one sheet at a time she wanted to pile the still wet pieces of paper on top of each other to create more space and a more visually stimulating element. As a disclaimer of sorts,My research project is very different from others, rather than searching for information unknown to the masses, I’m learning information that is new to me. It is exciting for myself as an artist to learn new techniques and mediums in which I can express my ideas. Going into this process I wasn’t sure what I was going to learn exactally; except for this instance it was paper making. But I am excited to share this information that is new to me and I hope that it can be new for you, or at least exciting.

The process of making paper is a fascinating one. In a large tub room tenpeture water and paper pulp 447AAEF0-42CD-40D0-84C5-43A161FD4A34-1tx0e10 CD9449C9-D0BC-4ECB-BFD1-916CB1EF4B10-1qkli1pare combined to make a soup like substance. It is in the tub that one would submerge a 8×11 size sifter and then pull it out of the tub and let the water drain until pulp just remained. After the water has drained and the pulp is slightly soggy it’s placed on a flat surface to dry. At this point the artist could further manipulate the paper by adding colors or patterns ect; but Linda was going to be painting on her paper and did not agitate it once it was on the flat surface.

After the desired effect is left the next step is to cover up the paper with a damp tarp. It is cruscial that the tarp is laid as tight as it can be. When the paper is covered one can make more paper on top effectively layering their work on top of their work. When the artist is finished the paper will be left to dry and then put through a press that will flatten the paper and squeeze out any excess paper. The paper should be ready to pick up in a few weeks.


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