Make Gradient Paper! A Creative Hand Papermaking Technique

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Freedom to create something brand spanking new, from the ground up. It’s one of the greatest joys of making handmade paper! Presumably you’ve read the tutorial on hand papermaking from recycled scraps, and are now unreasonably addicted to swishing your hand in a bucket of pulp at every opportunity (don’t deny it).

If you haven’t sought out your local papermakers yet (check out the Hand Papermaking Map), it can be tough to expand your repertoire of simple creative techniques. Let’s fix that. Here’s how to make beautiful, sunset-y gradient paper.

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Make a Mould and Deckle for Handmade Paper – Cheap, Quick & Dirty

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Make handmade paper on the cheap! You may have seen our tutorial on making blender paper from junk mail and scrap papers. Well, here’s instructions on how to make a mould and deckle — it’s an essential piece of equipment for the hand papermaking process. Of course, you can also purchase a professional mould; peruse our list of papermaking suppliers.

This mould & deckle is not exactly beautiful — actually, it’s ugly — but it sure does the job when you’re on a budget!

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GIANT Papermaking at FIGMENT Philadelphia

Giant handmade sheets of paper, you say? Watch Nicole Donnelly and Mary Tasillo make papermaking magic in Clark Park for FIGMENT Philadelphia last fall.  Kudos to Alan DiBerio for creating this mesmerizing video from multiple photos.

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A Hands-on Approach to Researching Historical Papermaking

Historical Hand Papermaking ProcessImagine for a moment that every single sheet of paper in the world was made individually, by hand. If you lived before the 1800s and the invention of the Fourdrinier Papermaking Machine, this idea wouldn’t be so preposterous, but a fact. A video by the University of Iowa Center for the Book documents Associate Professor Tim Barrett and his graduate students replicating a traditional three-person papermaking team, capable of making 100 to 200 sheets per hour! A great film, well worth the 11 minutes and 42 seconds of your time today. Promise.

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