Recycled Paper-Making

Waste is a sin against nature, a curse of modern life…reusing, mending and recycling must be regarded as great sattvic virtues. Satish Kumar, Spritual Compass

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Amy ran a paper-making workshop for the community as part of the Family Art Day organised by Islands Museum of Art. A technique she learned many years ago.

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Old, used pieces of paper are torn and blended in a food blender. The pulp is mixed with water in a bowl then a deckle (mould) is used to collect a thin layer.

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The top part of the deckle is taken off…

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…and the part with the mesh is flipped onto a cloth and then gently pressed with a sponge to make the pulp stick and come away from the mesh.

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Voila! Now leave in the sun to dry and the paper will easily peel off the cloth.

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You can add threads, petals and even seeds to create beautiful effects.

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This could be a lovely way to distribute seeds saved from the garden.

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