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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Paper Trails

We have paper!
Yes it's true. It may have taken more than a week of labour and experiments but it is possible to make one tough, rough paper from Scottish Broom. The sculptural possibilities are enormous.

passive solar cooking and fermentation
Add 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar and whizz it up in the blender
Cook stinky swill by boiling ten minutes and a two hour simmer.
 Make paper in the usual way by adding to a water bath and using a deckle. Sponge and allow to dry for a few hours.
Place wet paper on a drying rack and allow to dry out of the direct sunlight. I made mine with a window screen on a lawn chair to allow for air circulation on all sides. It still buckled but it can be ironed to flatten.
More paper making materials just waiting to be transformed.  Onion skins and rose petals.
The resulting paper can be used as is or torn up and mixed with other various vegetation and papers for  resulting very different paper pulps. There is absolutely no odour.

Sometimes art making requires a whole lot of stubborn. It is worth experimenting to find an easier way.

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