How To Make Handmade Paper Step By Step.
The great thing about handmade paper is that its so versatile in use and yet no matter what it's purpose, it adds a distinctively creative element.
My name is Mona Majorowicz and I have been in the art and framing industry for over 20 years. I am an animal artist (meaning I paint critters) who works primarily in Oil Pastel or Water Soluble Pencil.
I often use this when working in oil pastel. Recently I spent a day with Connie Herring, an artist friend of mine who taught me the process of creating acid free handmade paper. And this lens is the result. Much of the content here is in Connie's own words. The photos are of me actually making it.
I created over 100 pages this day so it was fairly labor intensive. A smaller batch would have been much easier. But I figured "Hey as long as I'm making a mess, why not go big."
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment in the guestbook section.
What Will Get Covered On This Lens
* Supplies Needed
* Discuss Pulp Grinders, Molds and Presses
* Step By Step Process
* Recyclable Items That Can Used As Pulp
* Creative Things To Add To Your Pulpr
All copyrights are retained by the artist,
Mona Majorowicz of Wild Faces Gallery.
The artwork or content in this lens may not be used or reproduced, either
in part or in whole, without the express written consent from the artist.
An Oil Pastel Painting Done On Handmade Paper
And This Is Why I Make My Own
Cowgirl is an example of my work. She is an oil pastel painting done on a sheet of Connie's acid free handmade paper and is approximately 10 1/2 x 13"
I've become enamored with using this for my oil pastels. The small format allows for quick and easy expression of my work, without all the huge thought processes of larger more complicated work. Plus I love those nubbely edges.
I had always thought making paper was a difficult and lengthy process. But after spending a day actually doing it, I was surprised at how easy it actually was.
Cowgirl (and many others) are available in print at my website Wild Faces Gallery
Supplies You'll Need
Supplies & Materials List
The Supplies You'll Need Are:
* Pulp (linters or recyclables)
* Buckets for soaking linter pulp.
* Mold and Deckle
* Large Plastic Basin or Tub (big and deep enough to easily submerge mold)
* Disposal (Blender or Food Processor) for grinding and blending the pulp
* White Felt
* Wool Sheets ( old rags or towels will also work)
* Sizing (either store bought or liquid starch or cornstarch will do in a pinch)
* Sponges for cleanup.
Note: Making Paper is very fun but also very messy. Be sure to chose a location where water can run amok and clean up is easy.
Also It's a good idea to not rinse your molds or equipment in the sink, unless you have a tiny strainer screen. The result could be plugged pipes. A big plumber bill could take just a little bit of the fun aspect out of it.
Definition Of Cotton Linters In Regards To Making Paper
Information Regarding Supplies & Materials List
For this tutorial we used cotton linters as I wanted to create a acid free cotton rag paper. The Linters we used for this batch were very large and thick sheets of cotton fibers pressed together. At the bottom of this page there is a list of recyclable items which you can make into or include into your sheets well.
Definition of Cotton Linters by Wikipedia
Cotton linters are fine, silky fibers which adhere to the seeds of the cotton plant after ginning. These curly fibers typically are less than 1/8 in (3 mm) long. The term also may apply to the longer textile fiber staple lint as well as the shorter fuzzy fibers from some upland species. Linters are traditionally used in the manufacture of paper and as a raw material in the manufacture of cellulose. In the UK, linters are referred to as "cotton wool".
Ten Steps To Making Paper
The 10 Steps Are:
Step 1: Soaking The Linters
Step 2: Beating The Pulp.
Step 3: Adding Pulp To Water Vat
Step 4: Preparing For Stacking Sheets
Step 5: Pulling The Sheet
Step 6: Couching And Stacking
Step 7: Putting Into The Press
Step 8: Removing From The Press
Step 9: Allowing The Pages To Dry For Several Days
Step 10: Figuring out what you're gonna do with all that wonderful paper.
Step 1: Soaking the Linters
Keeping The Buckets Uniform Is Key
Tear the linters up and soak them in water overnight. I usually measure the weight amount in each bucket so that if I have to add color or a sizing, I know how much to add to the amount of pulp.
Step 2: Beating The Linters Into A Pulp
This Part Is Messy And Fun
The next day I "beat" the torn up linters that has been soaking overnight. I use a disposal which has been mounted under a table which is open at the bottom.
I put the soaked, torn paper by the hand full into the disposal while spraying in water from the faucet. It comes out the bottom into a 5 gallon bucket as pulp. There's lots of water involved so things get pretty wet all around.
After beating, if *sizing or dyes are going to be added, it is done so at this point.
(Photo is of Connie using her disposal to "beat" the paper.)
*Definition of Sizing by Wikipedia
Sizing is used during paper manufacture in order to reduce the it's tendency when dry to absorb liquid, with the goal of allowing inks and paints to remain on the surface of the paper, and to dry there rather than be absorbed. This provides a more consistent, economical, and precise printing, painting, and writing surface. This is achieved by curbing the paper fibers' tendency to absorb liquids by capillary action. In addition, sizing affects abrasiveness, creasibility, finish, printability, smoothness, and surface bond strength and decreases surface porosity and fuzzing.
Alternatives To Purchased Sizing Are:
Garbage Disposal For The Serious Hnadmade Paper Maker - If You Make Big Batches Often This Is The Way To Go
Connie makes enough batches that she uses a 1 horsepower garbage disposal unit specifically for the job. She started out with a 1/2 horsepower unit and burned it out as it wasn't powerful enough to handle the workload. Her 1HP unit has worked well fro many years.
Using A Blender For Grinding Paper Pulp In Smaller Batches - Blenders - Supplies & Materials
Note: Connie makes a lot and in big batches, so she has more serious equipment. For smaller batches, a blender can work for this step as well. It just takes a whole lot longer
Bear in mind that whatever blender you choose it pretty much should be used for this purpose only and not repurposed back into making food.
Step 3: Adding Pulp To The Water Vat
Getting The Water To Pulp Ratio Just Right
After beating the linters into pulp, the pulp is put into a vat of water. There is a lot of water in relation to the pulp and the ratio of water to pulp determines the thickness. The more pulp the heavier the sheet.
Note: There is no real formula for this. Add some pulp, pull a sheet, determine if you want it thicker or thinner and then add more pulp or water as needed.
As you pull sheets and add more pulp the water vat slowly becomes overly full with too much water. When this happen you just skim off the surface water. Often I remove as much as a gallon of excess water at a time.
(Photo Notice here we are using the incredibly high tech skimming device of an old margarine tub for removing some extra water.)
Tubs For Your Making Water Vat - Handmade Paper Supplies & Materials
Be sure it is large enough to accommodate you mold and deckle. You need plenty of room to sweep your mold into the water and lift with ease.
Step 4: Preparing For Stacking
Synthetic Felts For Stacking Sheets
Originally felts were used to both create the paper surface and for water absorption. However the actual felts were quite expensive. So a synthetic felt was created at a much cheaper price. I'm not even sure if you can buy real felts anymore. Synthetic felts are what I used for my process. The synthetic felts are not water absorbent so additional fabrics must be used for this function.
Stacking To prepare for the stacking of sheets that goes into the press, first a board is laid in place. Since we are using a homemade press we will need two boards of the same thickness and size. (Purchased presses come with the boards already in pace) These are what squeezes the water from the pulp while in the press. So after a board is in place it is then followed by three sheets of wool and one sheet of synthetic felt.
The Wool Connie uses wool Army blankets washed many times and cut to size for the paper. The blanket/wool is for water absorption and cushioning between sheets. (Old towels or rags could be used in a pinch as long as they are uniform in thickness for going into the press.) You can get these wool blankets at army surplus stores.
The Synthetic Felt This was a non stick material that allowed the water to pass through to be absorbed into the wool. This creates the smooth texture and prevents the wool from sticking to the newly formed sheet.
When Working With Sizings Or Dyes Use Disposable Gloves - Supplies & Materials
It's always a good idea to wear gloves when using chemicals. But it becomes a necessity when adding dye or colorant to your paper.
Step 5: Pulling A Sheet Of Pulp
Putting Pulp On The Mold
Select Mold and Deckle Size Next I get the mold and deckle that I want to use for the size I needed. The mold is a frame covered with screen. The deckle is like a frame that fits over the mold. Inside the frame, on the screen is where the sheet is formed.
Mix The Pulp/Water Mixture so the pulp is evenly suspended in the vat. I do this by gentle running my hand through it.
I hang onto the mold and deckle on two sides and *cut it into the vat. I pull the mold/deckle (perfectly horizontal) straight up, and let it drain. While I'm pulling it up I gently shake it. This encourages the fibers to bond and settle as well as forcing air between the pulp fibers to be released.
There is a sheet on the mold at this point. I examine the it for uniform thickness, bubbles or thin spots. If it looks good we move on to the couching step. But if it has any flaws I dump it back in the basin, stir and try again. In order to return a poorly made sheet back into the water vat, you tip it upside down and touch the waters surface. This is called "kissing". The water tension pulls the pulp back into the vat. You can also use this technique for cleaning remaining pulp from off your deckle.
(Photo here shows the mold and deckle after a sheet has been pulled.)
* Definition of Cutting as it relates to paper making Slice the mold in from the side at as low an angle as possible. This is done gently so an not to create waves which will make your sheet thicker on one side than the other.
A Few Words About Molds - You Can Make Your Own Mold Or Buy Them
Since I'm making paper in small batches for my art and not a production resale like Connie does, when I finally get my own set up I'll probably just buy my molds. However if your skilled with a bit of wood and some screen you can make yourself up a variety of sizes and shapes in no time
An Idea For A Homemade Mold: A quick way to make a mold is with a fine screen and an old picture frame. You wouldn't get those very cool deckled edges that I like so well for my art, but for stationary or some other writing paper use it may work really well.
Step 6: Couching And Stacking The Handmade Paper
Creating Stacks Of Sheets
Carefully remove the deckle and "couch" the sheet onto a felt. (A felt traditionally is a special piece of felt used specifically for this process. Here I am using a synthetic felt.)
(Photo is me "couching" a sheet.)
Then place another felt onto the newly couched sheet. Then add another sheet of wool followed by another sheet of felt. Then pull another sheet of paper and repeat the process.
Definition of Couching To This Process.
Couching is the term used for the process of turning the mold upside down (no worries about it falling off the mold . . . it won't) and putting the pulp onto the felt.
Step 7: Build A Stack Of Handmade Paper And Then Put It Into The Press - Pressing Your Sheets
I will build a stack of sheets like this (as mentioned in step 6) until I have about 25 sheets. I then put three more sheets of wool over the last felt and add the board on top of the stack and place into a press.
I tighten the press as far as possible to eliminate as much water as possible. I let the sheets set in the press for at least a 1/2 hour, (occasionally going back to squeeze the press a little tighter) and while it's setting, I make another stack.
Note: This is the really messy part as water comes pouring out of the press as it gets tightened down. So be sure you have your press located somewhere that water clean up can be done easily.
Step 8: Removing The Sheets From The Press.
Steps For Making Handmade Paper
Remove The Pressed Sheets From The Press After at least 30 minutes have passed, I remove sheets from the press and lay the paper out to dry.
(Photo is me removing them from the press.)
Note: The light colored page in the photo that I am holding is actually the felt, not the actual sheet. The sheet is still too fragile to be handled. The sheets will be allowed to dry while still in the felts.
Step 9: The Handmade Paper Must Dry For A Few Days
Be Sure To Leave In A Place They Won't Be Disturbed
First I pull off the wool sheet, then grasp both felts (upper and lower) with the fresh made sheet between. These are then laid out on cardboard and allowed to dry for a couple of days, while still in the felts.
Air circulation is helpful, but you don't want any direct air blowing on them. We set up a few fans blowing on the lowest setting, being careful to make sure they weren't blowing directly on any sheets.
Be sure to allow them to dry thoroughly before handling or they will not set up properly. After a couple of days of dry time, you can stack them up and set them for a couple of weeks before using, just to make sure they cure properly.
Using Clip On Fans For Drying Your Sheets - Clip On Fans Work Best As They Are Easily Addjustable
Clip on Fans work really well for drying sheets because you can position them for maximum air circulation by pointing them in virtually any direction, avoiding any air blowing directly on the sheets though.
Step 10: The End Result: Paper Glorious Paper!
The Last Step
So there you go! You've now got stacks and stacks of wonderful handmade sheets good for almost any application.
Now that you've got the basics down, why not experiment?
For a few ideas on how to add interest to your paper, read on.
Some Additional Information
A Glossary Of Terms
A Handy Reference For Definitions.
Couching The act of applying the pulled sheet of pulp onto the felt.
Cutting The act of slicing the mold into the water vat at an angle.
Deckle The wood form that fits around the mold.
Felt Used to separate sheets while in the press. Traditionally they were actually made of felt, but now is done mostly with synthetics.
Kissing The act of lightly touching the water vat to pull of paper pulp from the deckle or the frame.
Linters Large sheets of dried cotton, abaca or linen used for the pulp.
Mold A wooden frame with a screen over it, used for pulling pulp from the water vat.
Press The machine or mechanism used to squeeze out excess water from the pulp sheets.
Pulp The ground up paper fibers soaking in water
Sizing A product added to help the pulp fibers stick together.
Skimming Removal of excess water from the pulp vat.
Wool Wool sheets placed between felt to help absorb water.
Getting Creative With Making Handmade Paper
Make Your Own Truly Unique Handmade Paper
Since I was using my sheets for fine art painting, I needed to be more conservative on what I included in the process. However use your creativity and the sky's the limit for what you can achieve.
Note: Be aware that these things should be ADDED to the mixture and are not meant to replace the cotton or linen fibers.
Ideas For Creative Ingredient Additives Are:
Small threads or fibers
Yarn (cut in small bits)
Ribbon (also cut into small bits)
Add Color With:
Tissue Paper (blend thoroughly)
Add Scent With:
Essential Oils (use sparingly and be careful of how the oil might impact the sheet)
Extract (lemon, almond, vanilla)
Spices (ginger, cinnamon)
Wear An Apron When Using Glues Or Dyes - Actually it's a good idea anytime your doing an artsy craft project
As previously mentioned there is a lot of water in the paper making process. An apron will help you stay dry as well as clean.
Recyclable Items That Can Be Turned Into Handmade Paper
Make Your Own Truly Unique Handmade Sheets
Because the purpose behind my making handmade paper was for artwork I wanted to be sure that all materials were considered archival so I used cotton linters only.
But there's no reason that other materials can't be re-imagined into new sheets for multiple purposes. Pretty much anything that is made from wood, cotton or plant pulp can be converted in the base pulp. Keep in mind that items like newspaper or cardboard will make a grayish or brown sheet unless mixed with a sufficient amount of white paper product.
Options For Additions To Your Pulp:
Egg Cartons (not the styrofoam kind)
Non Waxed Cardboard Boxes
Old Card Catalog Cards
Brown Paper Bags
As an artist I always have strips of this laying around
Cotton Rag Matboard
Books & Supplies For Making Handmade Paper
Here's a few books on how to make paper
My Paper Making Mentor
I recently spent a day with Connie Herring, an artist friend of mine, making paper. The two things that surprised me most was how easy it was to do, and also how physically demanding it was. After making 100 sheets I was pretty much exhausted.
Connie is a multi-talented artist. She works in a variety of media and does all sorts of fantastical and technical creations. She is primarily an installation artist, though she creates sculpture, handmade paper and books, weavings on commission, and designs personal jewelry upon request. But arguably more important than that, she is a good spirit and one of the nicest people I know. Visit her website, www.connieherring.com I encourage you to do so.
Connie makes a variety of papers and has even made paper by recycling old library cards from card catalogs, On the odd occasion you get a letter visible on your sheet, which to me adds a whole lot of character. She also makes paper from Abaca, cotton, and linen linters. Linters are large, thick sheets of compressed fibers which she orders from various of supply places.
Handmade Paper Making Supply Companies
TwinRocker This is Connie Herrings Personal Supplier Of Choice.
Have You Made Paper Before? Do You Have Any Creative Ideas To Add? - I would love to hear your thoughts.
LaurieNunley517 from Deep South on January 11, 2016:
Amazingly detailed article! I have been wanting to make paper for ages and plan on doing it soon. Thank you for the step by step info!
Celticep from North Wales, UK on September 03, 2012:
Wow I didn't know you could do this, what a great idea!
anonymous on July 11, 2012:
I am an art teacher looking into making paper with my students. But I am trying to find an affordable way to make quality paper (preferable archival) I was wondering how many sheets of paper and what size do you normally get out of your materials? and any recommendations for making large quantities with groups of students?
anonymous on July 03, 2012:
I Pinterested this page. Actually, I want to do the same for so many of your lenses. Good stuff, girl!
antoniow on June 13, 2012:
Very useful lens, well done! Squidlike
Sara Duggan from California on June 06, 2012:
I've always wanted to make paper. Thanks for the detailed instructions. Saving for a future craft day.
CoeGurl on April 09, 2012:
Well done! What an excellent set of instructions for making paper.
Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on March 26, 2012:
Wow!! What a fascinating lens!! I always thought I'd like to make my own paper, but after reading this, I fear it's a bit too complicated for my pea brain.
anonymous on February 29, 2012:
Came back to give you this ... *blessed*
Einar A on February 19, 2012:
What an excellent tutorial! I have experimented with making my own paper, but certainly never on the scale you do it, and I picked up some good tips from your lens to use next time.
Gayle Dowell from Kansas on January 29, 2012:
I see that I've liked this page before, and for good reason. I've not tried making my own paper, but have always wanted to. I have a lot of scrap watercolor paper that I could use. I love to recycle and reuse. Blessed this time around.
Brandi from Maryland on January 27, 2012:
What a cool process! It would be super cool to make journals out of this homemade paper! ;) In fact, I just might make that a project in our homeschool!
Donnette Davis from South Africa on January 24, 2012:
Stunning information and you make it sound so easy... I have never been successful at making paper... in fact I flunked even at making papier mache :)
Jeff Johnston from Alberta Canada on January 20, 2012:
Very nice, bookmarked this for use later, I am a medieval re-enactor and one of my projects I've been planning involves homemade paper, so I'll have to come back and read in more detail and get some tips :D
oxfordian on January 15, 2012:
Wow! Now I know why handmade paper is so expensive -- but now I wonder why it isn't more so! This is amazing. Thanks for sharing this incredible art. Here's an angel blessing for you.
Mona (author) from Iowa on January 12, 2012:
@miaponzo: Thank you so much for the blessing. It is much appreciated.
Mona (author) from Iowa on January 12, 2012:
@anonymous: I can't see why not though you really need to break down the fibers into small bits so they can reform into a smooth sheet. I've made several batches of paper since creating this lens and have yet to deviate much from the cotton linter mainly for archival purposes regarding my artwork. I'd say experiment and see what happens.
anonymous on January 12, 2012:
Wow! This is awesome. Can old cotton T-shirts be used?!!!
seosmm on January 08, 2012:
Wow, this was really interesting! Very nice lens!
miaponzo on December 04, 2011:
Wow! I have always wanted to make my own paper!!! Blessed!
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on November 06, 2011:
Wow, this is great information. It looks like you covered it all. I've never made paper but would love to try it now.
NellinShoppi on October 19, 2011:
I made paper once when i was a child. I would definitely want to make more and add some special colors or leafs, flowers or even beads in it. that paper press seems really helpful to get a smoother surface. Thanks a lot for the awesome paper info!
creativeinc lm on October 18, 2011:
Using natural dye and some dried leaves for texture. I made handmade paper with friends before. Great lens! Thanks.
anonymous on October 06, 2011:
this is cool, I could see this being an activity for scouts to learn too. Glad I browsed upon your lens this morning! If you like to browse lens too, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.
cheech1981 on October 05, 2011:
love this lens...will have to give this a try soon!
eclecticcycle on October 05, 2011:
now I know what to do with all those scraps of art paper I have been saving. Great, really helpful lens!
Gayle Dowell from Kansas on October 02, 2011:
I need to try this. I would love to make my own paper to do my acrylic collage work on. Marking this as a favorite.
scss on June 26, 2011:
I'm looking forward to start making paper again - it is such fun and costs nothing once you have your draining trays etc. Great lens!
myraggededge on May 25, 2011:
We have made handmade paper. I seem to remember using a blender and a cat litter tray! And the kids standing on towels to get the water out. It was fun. That stack of paper in the photo above makes me drool!
katiecolette on May 12, 2011:
I have seen handmade paper, but never realised it was handmade. Looks like a fun project to work on.
anonymous on May 11, 2011:
There is some great stuff here. Thank You!
sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on May 08, 2011:
awesome lens. your step by step instructions are very clear. ~blessed~
ChrisDay LM on April 01, 2011:
Rightly awarded Purple Star. Nice one.
Philippians468 on April 01, 2011:
i remember in my distant past i used to make recycled paper from torn up bits of scrap paper! such lovely memories! great lens too! cheers
Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on April 01, 2011:
Very interesting! It does sound like a rather laborious process...but sometimes it takes a little labor to end up with something special.
anonymous on March 24, 2011:
This was very interesting information. Recycling paper is the necessity of the day when we are left with so little greenery around. Thanks for sharing such a useful information. I'll try to make paper at home though I am not sure whether I would be able to do it successfully or not!
kathysart on March 18, 2011:
I have made paper before but not for a long time.. thank you for the reminder!
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 15, 2011:
This is really interesting. A wonderful thing to do.
CreativeMind2011 on March 15, 2011:
amazing! Now i'm so excited to try making handmade paper. This could be one fun hobby. thanks for sharing! I'm thinking would this be a good idea to make it as photo mat board?
Rachel Field on March 15, 2011:
Wow! I am hugely impressed. I've made some paper before (even out of leeks and banana skins!) but nothing that was good enough for beautiful art work to be worked on.
Helene-Malmsio on March 14, 2011:
This is a wonderful lens on how to make paper! It is a craft I would like to try to learn this year, so this is favourited for reference!
anonymous on March 11, 2011:
Wow this is incredible Monica, what a process. I always thought about trying it some day, but there are so many other things I want to try I just havn't done so yet.
MargoPArrowsmith on March 05, 2011:
I love the look of hand made paper, but can't imagine doing it. Gorgeous.
LOVE the cow, someday you will be hanging in my house!
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on February 17, 2011:
This is a fabulous tutorial for making handmade paper. I remember making our own paper in, believe it or not, science class decades ago. LOL What I remember most is it how messy I thought it was at the time. LOL Now, as a mother, I realize it was a walk in the park :)
devilsworkshopc on January 21, 2011:
Its nice to see the step by step! I haven't tried this yet but it looks really cool. I love receiving notes on handmade paper!
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on January 19, 2011:
I've always thought that some day I might try making paper. It's a lot more involved than I imagined. Thanks for all the wonderful detail and photos to help us through the process.
anonymous on January 13, 2011:
This is truly an amazing process, I can not believe you make your own paper for your artwork. That is really cool.
darciefrench lm on January 12, 2011:
That pastel cow on the hand made paper looks really neat! I can see why you like using those two mediums.
Mark Falco from Reno, Nevada on December 06, 2010:
Wow, interesting! I'll probably never do it myself, but that's a great how-to for anyone else who wants to try to make paper by hand.
KDimmick on November 29, 2010:
julieannbrady on November 29, 2010:
What a fabulous DIY project! I never thought about making paper before -- not until I read your informational how-to. Wow.
javr from British Columbia, Canada on November 28, 2010:
I wondered about making paper a long time ago. Your lens makes it seem easy but what an excellent looking product.
tandemonimom lm on November 21, 2010:
Excellent tutorial on how to make paper! I've done a bit before, but never anything approaching 100 sheets! Thanks for lensrolling my Elephant Poo Paper lens - returned!
Elizabeth Sheppard from Bowling Green, Kentucky on November 18, 2010:
What a great lens. I was really fascinated by the equipment you can get to be a serious homemade paper maker. My grandmother used to make handmade paper, but without some of this equipment. It was fun to learn other methods. Your paper looks great.
Tarra99 on November 17, 2010:
cool tutorial...that cow is STUNNING! thanks for sharing and thanks for popping into my retro spider-man lens...I appreciate your visit!
howtocurecancer on November 13, 2010:
Blesses by a SquidAngel.
Barbara Isbill from New Market Tn 37820 on November 13, 2010:
Thanks for a very, very interesting lens. I've wondered how to, and you show how to do it at home. I will probably not DIY but it interests me greatly! Thumbs up!
Sensitive Fern on November 11, 2010:
You continue to amaze me. I had all the stuff to make paper except the press, and it was too messy and labor intensive for me. I really needed the press. I didn't know Arnold Grummer had a press. Maybe they didn't 10-15 years ago when I was dabbling in paper making.
Mona (author) from Iowa on November 09, 2010:
@Gayle Dowell: I have not tried watercolor on my own paper, though I would think it might work okay since it's 100% cotton just like pre-made watercolor paper. I'm not sure about the uniformity of the texture though most of my pages are pretty good. Hm ... I may have to give hat a try. :)
Gayle Dowell from Kansas on November 09, 2010:
I love paper and have always wanted to make my own. A very informative lens. Have you done any watercolor painting on handmade paper?
Mona (author) from Iowa on November 07, 2010:
@LisaAuch1: Thank you thank you! :)
Lisa Auch from Scotland on November 07, 2010:
I have vistied before, but I wanted to return to say it is an honour to bless this lens! It is so unique, and interesting, full of detail! *Blessed*
huvalbd on November 04, 2010:
Delightfully thorough lens. For a piece of fiction I've been writing, I needed to learn about how handmade paper is created. This is clear, concise and perfect for my needs! Thank you!
Mona (author) from Iowa on November 02, 2010:
@Kiwisoutback: Thank you so much for the blessing. :)
Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on November 02, 2010:
Looks like a lot of work - fun work though. I never have made paper. The closest I got to it was buying real papyrus to paint on for a school project in high school. It was difficult to get used to, but a great experience. Squid Angel blessed!
Dee Gallemore on October 19, 2010:
Great instructions ... very nicely done!
Jeanette from Australia on October 15, 2010:
Wow - this is amazing. I have tried making paper once. Now I want to try again!
John Dyhouse from UK on October 13, 2010:
A very comprehensive lens. I have seen articles on papermaking before but never with so much detail, I really will have to try this out - Thanks
dessertlover on October 11, 2010:
Wow, great lens. I didn't even know this was possible. Thanks for sharing!
FantasyDesigns on October 09, 2010:
I never realized that making paper was such an involved process! Wow! Gotta love it! Good Job!
Linda Hoxie from Idaho on October 05, 2010:
I haven't made any before, but feel I could now using your step by step directions, very interesting process. Your painting is wonderful by the way, what an artist!
Mona (author) from Iowa on September 22, 2010:
@indigoj: Thanks WordCustard. You should give it a go. Mess notwithstanding.
But it begs the question how did you find it now?
Indigo Janson from UK on September 22, 2010:
I don't know how I missed this, it is such a fantastic tutorial. I'd like to give paper making a go.
Jimmie Quick from Memphis, TN, USA on September 21, 2010:
My daughter did this for fun, and boy was it a lot of WORK. I've always been crazy about paper -- all sizes, colors, thicknesses. But after MAKING paper now I truly appreciate being able to BUY it.
Mona (author) from Iowa on September 15, 2010:
Thank you both for the kind comments. I have since done a couple of paper making days and found it gets easier with experience. Though Lordy it's messy. :)
Lee Hansen from Vermont on September 15, 2010:
This is truly a great tutorial for making quality hand made paper. I've only seen brief explanations for how to recycle paper into handmade, but this would make art quality paper. Thanks for the how-to and wonderful details.
Lisa Auch from Scotland on September 15, 2010:
I had made paper with the children at school, for a green topic, it was okay, but very thick, I was fascinated by your technique, lovely photos, and very well explained.
Mona (author) from Iowa on September 14, 2010:
@resabi: Thank you. :)
resabi on September 13, 2010:
Had to stop back by to leave an Angel Blessing.
resabi on August 21, 2010:
Very clear and well-done lens. I have friends who make paper and who have made it for my miniature books and there's really nothing like the feel of it. Another suggestion for the "inclusions" - use shaped paper punches to cut out pieces from marbled and other decorative paper and sprinkle that in the paper. Very festive (wouldn't work for your painting, though!). Glad you put Diane Maurer-Matheson's book on your list -- she does gorgeous work.
ohcaroline on April 30, 2010:
Nice illustrations and instructions.
Mona (author) from Iowa on April 30, 2010:
Thanks everyone. I worked hard to make it easy to understand but since I already know what to do it's hard to know if what I got works. Yeah, that was clear as mud. Ha! Thanks for taking a look and giving me your thoughts. :)
Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on April 30, 2010:
Never made paper! If my daughter was home we might try it, looks like a great project and you give very good instructions.
aishu19 on April 30, 2010:
I remembered making handmade paper as a child with my mum and grandma... very interesting.. nice lens
WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on April 30, 2010:
Very Interesting and Nicely Presented!
VarietyWriter2 on April 28, 2010:
Mona (author) from Iowa on April 08, 2010:
@tea lady 2: When we did our last paper making session it was shockingly messy. I can't imagine add kids to the mix. :)
Pat from Midwest, USA on April 06, 2010:
I spent a summer making paper with my kids when they were young. It was messy, but we had a blast! Nice lens!
Mona (author) from Iowa on March 19, 2010:
@HorseAndPony LM: Thanks! Cowgirl is one of my favorites and one of only two paintings that I have kept for myself.
HorseAndPony LM on March 08, 2010:
Wow, this is amazing and I love Cowgirl. Great lens.
Mona (author) from Iowa on February 14, 2010:
@myraggededge: Oh it's horrible messy (I can only imagine even more so with the helps of kids) and I ached for a couple of days afterward, but I pulled around 100 or so sheets. Plan to make some more in the next month or two as a year has gone by already since I made the last batch.
myraggededge on February 14, 2010:
My kids and I made some home-made paper a while back. I seem to remember lots of sploshing, blending and stomping on the layers to get the water out. The sheets of paper were quite reasonable considering!
Mona (author) from Iowa on February 01, 2010:
Thanks so much for the blessing! My first ever and what a wonderful surprise this morning. :)
Cynthia Arre from Quezon City on January 31, 2010:
Wow, this is an excellent tutorial and your artwork "Cowgirl" is gorgeous.Thank you for all the information you have shared on here. *blessed by an angel*