Back in day (well, in eighteenth century Europe) your average piece of paper was made from cloth rags, not trees. A growing printing industry gave rise to an increased demand for paper, and thus, obtaining rags was crucial for the making of money, newspapers, broadsides, and books, to name a few items.
If you make handmade paper, teach workshops or classes, or have a papermaking studio, then you will find this resource handy – a paper recipe data sheet. It’s a place to record information about each step of your process.
If you ask someone what paper is made of, most would immediately say trees. However, with the hand papermaking process, you can use other plant fibers to make an incredible range of handmade papers. Check out this handy infographic (not quite a tutorial, but you’ll get the general idea).
Yep, it’s a shameless propaganda poster for the hand papermaking cause.
Make handmade paper today!
Want more paper-making-brainwashing? Here you go:
- A share-able infographic on making handmade paper.
- A tutorial on making handmade paper from scraps.
- Fresh Press over in Illinois made this awesome “Grow Your Paper” poster and more.
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.