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Activity 2 – Papermaking
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Handmade paper is an important feature of many artists' books. Students can make their own paper using the materials listed here and by following the instructions below:
Metal window screen
Wool felt (larger than the screen)
Basin or large container (larger than the screen)
- Cut paper into small pieces.
- Pour 1 cup of paper and 3 cups of water into a blender and blend for 5 minutes.
- Place the screen in the basin or large container of water.
- Add the pulp and swirl it around.
- Lift the screen out of the water and make sure the pulp is evenly distributed on the screen.
- Allow the pulp on the screen to drip.
- Cover the pulp with a large piece of wool felt.
- Turn the screen over to remove the pulp.
- Place another piece of felt on top of the pulp so that it is in between two layers of felt.
- Roll the rolling pin over the felt, allowing it to absorb excess water.
- Remove the top layer of felt.
- Gently remove the paper from the bottom felt.
- Place the paper somewhere safe where it can dry for 3 to 5 hours.
NOTE: Please see the Activity Resources section for more resources on papermaking.
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