|Lokta paper with petals and leaves|
|Nepali paper; http://nepalhandicraftmarket.com|
|Paper made from bark:|
I started to get interested in the process of how to make paper so I decided to do an intensive workshop Papermaking. It didn't take long before I found artist Alison Simpson based in Sandend (about 1.5 hours drive): http://www.alisonsimpson.net/. In two days I learned all the basics about how to make my own paper in her studio. Cotton and lokta pulp, blender, mould and deckle, lots of water and buckets, a water basin, sponges, cloths, apron, my own hands and a press were the tools I used.
|Basic papermaking tools|
Alison was very patient with me because it took a bit of practice before I got the hang of the right movements! But it paid off; I managed to get some descent papers and even experimented with embossing my handmade paper. Below are my creations. As soon as my art studio is finished I want to continue making more papers by using weeds, leaves and flowers from our own garden!
|Paper from cotton pulp with lobelias|
|Paper from cotton and linen pulp with lobelias|
|Paper from cotton and linen pulp with lobelia|
|Lokta paper with dried petals|