Handmade Paper Exchange
Hello, handmade papermakers! You are invited to participate in the 2nd annual full-sheet handmade paper swap! This exchange is open to all level of papermaker. What You Need to Do: … Continue reading
A COVID Papermaking Project
An old hymnal becomes a new hymnal. A year of shutdown ends up opening a new worlds. Much work is done and much work is left to do.
Pulping and Refining
Pulping and refining are two papermaking processes that affect the mechanical properties of the finished product. This video gives an overview of the topic.
Shut-Down Paper Making
Early this year I was accepted into the artist collective at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. March 1st came, I paid my dues and got excited to have 24/7 … Continue reading
JOIN IN: 2019 PAPER SWATCH SWAP!
Do you make handmade paper? Would you like to participate in a swatch swap with papermakers from around the globe? Here is a great opportunity! Sign up to particpate by … Continue reading
3 Formation Facts & 3 Ways to Better Yours
Formation describes how uniformly the fibers and other solid components of a paper furnish are distributed in the finished sheet and is massively important! Good formation results in desired outcomes … Continue reading
Size it Up – Internal Sizing Chemicals
Why Use Sizing? Sizings used in papermaking reduce water absorption into the fibers. Internal sizing treatments act on the outside of fibers. Consider paper towels, the main use being to wipe up spills and messes. … Continue reading
Rare Book School Wrap Up
I just got home from my paper geek-out week at the Rare Book School, at the University of Virginia. Two of the afternoon sessions consisted of a special collection showcase … Continue reading
Late Night Schoolin’ – Rare Book Style
Just fell into bed with my computer; it’s the end of day two at the Rare Book School (RBS) in hot and humid Charlottesville, VA. I’m here taking a course in … Continue reading
Making Copy Paper from…100% Recycled Egg Carton
The natural dye project I worked on last semester was time-consuming. Between the soaking, scouring, cooking, dyeing, and endless washing there was the back and forth to the studio – … Continue reading
Natural Dyes and Papermaking
These natural dye experiments started with standing in line at the store, my cart overflowing with stainless steel pots, the woman behind me chuckling, “Looks like someone’s doing some cooking!” … Continue reading
The Future of the Craft
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot … Continue reading