There are dozens of tutorials that explain the process of paper making and each has slightly different techniques. We have outlined a basic technique that may work for you in the classroom.
- Shredded paper (torn).
- Food colouring (optional).
- Other items for embellishment (i.e. cotton, cloth fibres or seeds).
- 10 plastic bowls.
- Laminated A4 sheets of paper (enough for each student).
- 10 A4 sized squares of polyester/cotton fabric.
- 10 thick sponges.
Before the activity…
- Add water to blender.
- Place shredded paper in blender.
- Blend until you have a consistent ‘pulp.’
- Blend enough pulp to fill the 10 plastic bowls and distribute one between two students.
- Distribute the A4 laminated sheets to each student.
- Distribute A4 cotton fabric sheets one between two students.
- Distribute thick sponges one between two students.
During the activity…
- Students place pulp on the laminated A4 sheet until it is covered in a thin layer.
- The fabric sheet is placed over the top.
- The sponge is then pressed firmly over the fabric sheet to absorb any excess water.
- Remove fabric sheet and place in a warm (preferably sunny) spot to dry.
After the paper has dried…
- Remove the sheet from the laminated A4.
- And there you have it – Voila! Your own sheet of handmade paper.
Your handmade paper can have many different applications: the pages of a book, a card or an artwork. You can be as creative as you like with your creations – knock yourself out! You can imprint the paper with different objects or add materials (cloth or cardboard fibre) to create different textures. Some people have even made ‘seed paper’ where seeds form a part of the paper and when planted it grows.
After Lorraine made her paper, she tore each sheet into different shapes and assembled them together to complete the illustrations in Flaming Charli.