Yesterday I started printing my botanical linocuts series on homemade recycled paper and I decided to share here a few things I’ve learned about handmade paper.
The best kind of paper to recycle to make new paper is the one rich in strong fibres like drawing paper, watercolour paper and printmaking paper. You can add in some lighter paper like junk mail or paper grocery bags, but in a smaller quantity. For thicker paper you need more pulp and less water. A rolling pin is the perfect tool to press it if you don’t mind imperfections. And what is home made paper without imperfections? Making paper takes time and patience, but it’s fun and rewarding.
Next time I’ll venture into this I’ll ask a friend to take some pics of the process, I promise!