So…how exactly does one go about making handmade paper? Take a look at this illustrated summary of the hand papermaking process. Though not quite a tutorial, the hope is that you’ll gain a sense of how hand papermakers, paper artists, and yes, how you too can create paper out of cloth rags, plants (not wood or trees), and recycled paper scraps.
Every person who makes handmade paper has their own particular ways of working and types of equipment. There is a wonderfully wide range of fibers, ways of pulping and forming sheets, and techniques for pressing and drying papers. Here are a few methods for you to sink your teeth into.
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- Learn how to make handmade paper from recycled scraps.
- Watch a papermaking artist make paper from seaweed.
- Read a series of beginner articles by Hand Papermaking Magazine.