Art, Handmade Paper, Invasive Plants: New Photographs by Jane Kramer

Handmade paper art from plants, Jane Kramer

Jane Kramer, Foreshadowing – Endangered and Threatened Plant Species, Long-bracted spiderwort on phragmites

As an art medium, hand papermaking has an incredible potential to speak meaningfully about the environment. One artist you should know is Jane Kramer, who has focused on invasive and native plant species by combining handmade papers with alternative process photography.

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Take a Look: Paper Pulp Woodblock Prints by Artist Josh Monroe

Josh Monroe, artist, paper pulp woodblock prints

Josh Monroe, Staccato Prints: Green/Blue Woodblock and handmade paper, 3.5″ by 3.5″, 2015

It’s a wild, wide world of potential for hand papermaking, especially when paired with other art-making mediums. Paper pulp itself has a huge variety of capabilities, including a remarkable memory suited for casting.

Let’s take a quick look at work by Josh Monroe, an artist who combines printmaking (relief woodcuts) and papermaking.

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Creative Papermaking Techniques Using a Deckle Box (Part 3)

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Handmade paper grants a particular kind of creative freedom for the artist—by creating your own sheets of paper, you’re able to go beyond the surface of paper as a substrate and create unique works made completely of handmade papers. These unique sheets might serve as the basis for other works on paper, or become art works all on their own.

Once you’ve made a deckle box and mastered the basic technique, you’re ready to embark on a project that incorporates your new equipment. You’re in luck, we have artistic ideas on how to use that trusty deckle box. With a few types of pulp and some inclusion materials, you’re well on your way to creating a new series of work!

If you missed the first two installments of our deckle box series, make sure to check them out (Part 1 & Part 2).

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Couch It! Papermaking Tutorial for Embedding Materials

hand papermaking tutorial for embedding materials

Hand papermaking offers a colorful lexicon full of terms like kiss, hog, and slurry (obviously a favorite of ours). One term that often gets an eyebrow raise is couching (pronounced ‘coo-ching’), the term papermakers use to describe transferring a newly formed sheet of paper from the mould to the felts.

Click through to learn the history of this term and how to seal objects between wet sheets of paper!

And if you’re just starting out, here’s the Paperslurry basic hand papermaking tutorial.

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These Pulp Paintings! Interview with Artist Angie Shen

Angie Shen - Pulp Painting, Hand Papermaking Artist

Who knew that hand papermaking art could be so alive on the internet?

Angie Shen is an artist who works with ceramics, video, web art, installation, and, our favorite, papermaking. She studied papermaking and book arts in Southern California, and took the time to answer a few curious questions for Paperslurry.

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Must-See Pulp Painting Art: New Series by Lynn Sures

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Lynn Sures, Montserrat 1, pulp painting, 69 in x 48 in, 2015

There are very few artists, relatively, working in the medium of hand papermaking.

Lynn Sures is a paper artist one should know—she has been using pulp for over 20 years.

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How Can Photography & Handmade Paper Intersect? Artist Interview with Lindsey Beal

Lindsey Beal, Flax Sculpture Handmade Paper, Venus Series

Lindsey Beal, The Venus Series: Figure #2, Ambrotype (wet plate collodion on black glass); 3.25″ x 4″; 2010

Hand papermaking’s versatility as an artistic medium makes it an area without defined edges. Combination with other art processes have only just begun being explored. Let’s look at how alternative, or historical, photographic processes and handmade paper can intersect.

Lindsey Beal is an artist, educator, and dear friend of mine, who generously answered a few questions about her work, experience, and thoughts on hand papermaking and photography.

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