Adventures in paper making!

I’ve been wanting to this for a while with the kids — but my ‘kit’ was burried away… We’ve been moving things around the basement because of construction and on wednesday, a rainy day, i thought I’d go check if I could see it — and by chance/miracle…. it was on top of the boxes!

I love love love handmade paper — and would love to make a stash to use… I’d really like to make cotton rag paper, i haven’t tried it yet and have to figure out how it’s done…

Here’s a crazy overload of photographs of 2 toddlers making paper for the first time in a tutorial sort of way! I’m very certain it wont be the last time!

Ripping paper. I have to say that showing them how to do this had a tiny part of me thinking “is this like showing them to draw on walls?” but so far they haven’t tried to rip anything else appart.
ripping paper appart

Then, you stuff the paper pieces in the blender.
Stuffing paper in the blender

Let’s make pulp! (i’m thinking this is their favorite part)
blender!!

Sleeves up! this is going to be wet!!
on se retrousse les manches!

Setting up the mold in the water…
setup

Pouring the pulp – another favorite part.
pouring pulp

Playing with pulp. This is MY favorite part. we played for a while — and they slowly got used to the pulp feeling on their hands — they’d go from pulp to rince, with a little more time in the pulp each time!
playing with pulp :)

Voila! a new piece of paper. well, at this point an 8.5×11 area of wet pulp!
voila! une nouvelle feuille de papier

Sponging — Alexandre especially loved this part – and in true Alexandre fashion, he’s trying to figure out ‘how it works’ as you can see!
sponging paper

sponging paper

Paper, drying — i put it outside for a few non rainy minutes — but then it had to be moved inside. My instructions say to iron it — but I’m not a fan of the flatten/curly effect from it…
Paper, drying.

paper drying

The end. (until of course a new adventure! must figure out something quick – it’s another rainy day!)

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10 thoughts on “Adventures in paper making!

  1. Annie, on a vraiment des intérêts commun, le feutre, le papier pour ne nommer que ceux-là…
    Dans mon travail artistique en verre j’ai fais beaucoup de papier. Je trouvais qu’il était intéressant de mixer le verre, matière ”éternelle” à du papier, matière éphémère. J’ai mon vieux blender à l’atelier et encore des découpe et de la teinture…. je vais me risquer cet été avec les enfants, à l’extérieur pour ma part. J’ai bien hâte de réaliser du papier mâché également pour réaliser un totem ou quelque chose dans le genre…4.

  2. Ah oui, instead d’une rubrique 10 things I love… je viens juste d’imaginer une rubrique L’INSTANTANNÉ DU JOUR. Je viens de poster la 001, c’est pas dit qu’une photographe peut faire mieux!!!! Au fait… traînes-tu toujours avec toi un carnet pour prendre des notes? 4.

  3. Thanks for the replies :)

    Catherine — Tu parles d’une SUPER bonne idée sur ton blog – j’y pense depuis avoir lu ton message hier — et je vais commencer “poetic chaos” avec UNE seule photo + un tout petit text d’une ligne. Ca va m’aider avec les photos “qui flotte” dans mon ordinateur & dans ma tete!! pis du papier avec du verre — super intéressant…!

    Moi aussi j’ai hate de faire du papier mâché avec les enfants! :)

  4. You are SO smart and creative, Annie! I love this – I need to try it myself. I had to LOL at your, “is this like showing them to draw on walls?” Ha!

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  6. My daughter saw this post and said, “I wish I could do that!” I have a paper-making kit gifted to me long ago that has never been used. If I can find it, it should be a perfect activity to go along with the week of rain we have forecast for us around here.

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