Paper Making Journey

If you read my last post you’ll know I have decided to learn to make paper. I’m a writer so it goes without saying I guess, that I love books and by association, I love paper. I’ve always been fascinated by hand crafted papers but never really knew how they were created. My first step into this new world is to read books! I have begun to do just that with the three books I bought. (See my previous post) Creating paper is really interesting and there are a few different ways to make it whether you are using recycled paper or plant material. You can even make paper out of old denim jeans!

So I’m getting familiar with how paper is made. There are several paper makers who have Instagram accounts and they post lots of pictures of their processes. So I’m reading my books and scrolling through Instagram and looking up websites. Next I’ll need some equipment to get started. Basic paper making can be done rather inexpensively which is always a good thing. Hobbies are great but a lot of times they are expensive. By what I’ve discovered I should be able to make my first papers with a rather small investment. My books cost about $33 dollars (I bought two of them used) and some very basic equipment should be about $60 dollars. Since I have access to wood working equipment I can make frames for different size papers pretty cheaply. And I already have some things I’ll need like a blender and plastic tubs for water, etc.

So here I go! Who knows, maybe I won’t like it much and I’ll chalk it up to experience at the very least. I’ve always been fascinated by how things are made. Call it, insatiable curiosity. You know what they say about cats and curiosity but hey, I’m not a cat.

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