20 December 2010

Paper Sculptures

With the pulp left over from my paper rainbow, I created these silly sculptures. They took about two weeks to dry. Paper weights? not exactly. Available on my Etsy!

15 December 2010

For my final day in the papermaking studio this semester, I made a huge rainbow of coloured papers. The process I used is unique.
I divided my white recycled cotton pulp into six buckets, using aqueous dispersed pigments to colour the primary and secondary colours. I filled two vats on the table analogous colours. Between each sheet pulled, I moved a small bit of pulp of each colour to the other vat, slowly changing the colour, until both vats were the same colour. I repeated this process with every two colours.
The results are interesting. The different coloured pulps did not have much time to disperse, so there are some coloured clumps. Interestingly, the lumps appeared mostly on one side, and much less on the other. I'll have to do more research to see why this is. I'm guessing its because they are heavier and move quickly to the wire of the mold.

I'm imagining this paper would be stunning for cut paper illustrations, like Eric Carle or Helen MussleWhite.

I divided the batch into sets and am selling them on my Etsy!

10 December 2010

End of Semester Show

I set up a table at the KCAI Printmaking End of Semester Show and had huge success! I sold my own handmade paper products, along with paper products made from reused papers from the KCAI Output Center. Proceeds went to buying the Output Center a paper cutter.

I also had a great time helping to curate the show. This wall was my favourite!

01 December 2010

I've received 6 Etsy orders, and only 1 of them was from my mom.

15 November 2010

Unfortunately, I did not recieve the Windgate fellowship money, so I will be taking donations.

12 November 2010

My Windgate Fellowship Proposal presentation is today!

I am proposing that, should I receive the money, 
I would use it to purchase the equipment necessary for a papermaking studio. 
Howard Clark 20 ton press

Dry Box

2lb Hydra Hollander with Stainless Steel Tub

With these materials, plus a few others, I would have a functioning paper studio. 
  • I could create my own paper products and art. 
  • I would provide a facility for other papermakers, as no facility exists locally. 
  • I would also invite collaboration with other artists. 
  • I would like to bring groups of people into my studio for workshops
  • I would take papermaking to after school programs, public schools, and women’s shelters. 
Hopefully, with a combination of paid services and product sales, the papermaking studio could be economically self-sustaining.

10 November 2010

Black Paper!

Making paper that is absolutely black is impossible with just pigments, so instead I got some black cotton fabric, cut it into bits, and put it in the beater. It took about two hours for it to get processed down to just threads, then about three more hours into a fine, even pulp. The sheets are drying now, I'll let you know how they turn out.

 The white cloudy stuff is sizing, which reduces feathering of wet media on the finished sheet. 

 Thin sheets on the mold looked like lace. 
The Etsy Papermaker's Guild is organizing a paper swap for January.
If you would like to participate, sign the databank on the Yahoo group.

Yahoo Group



The work of Mary Elen Mark, Guild coordinator

07 November 2010



These are images of a class that Maddie Llody and I planned at the South East Community Center. Students from the art institute were eager learners. At the first class, they made paper, and at the second class, the bound their paper into books. 

06 November 2010

check out these super thin sheets with recycled inclusions. 
Now available from my Etsy shop

Also recently available, Dryer lint paper.
Yes, made from 100% dryer lint.


05 November 2010

Today I made my First Etsy Sale!
Jennifer from Virginia bought 10 sheets of recycled white paper!

02 November 2010



These are images of a five-day Papercrafts class I taught this summer at the KCAI Northland Campus.
1. basic papermaking
2. recycled papermaking
3. paper casting over wire and plastic forms 
4. roll beads & origami
5. book binding

01 November 2010

 This is a collaboration with Sami Freese. She has been making  these house drawings. Recently, she started giving them coloured backgrounds.  I told her about how we could achieve a similar technique in papermaking. The result is a series of paper pieces of houses silhouetted against dramatic skies.

Sami's recent work

28 October 2010

Recent Work


 cotton paper, cast abaca pulp, hand embroidery and beading


cast abaca pulp, heat dried

27 October 2010

Paper Shredder!

I finally broke down and invested in a papershredder. This turned out to be the best idea ever. I processed 7 pounds of paper scraps in two hours. By hand, this would have taken weeks. This will equal about 200 new sheets of paper!

24 October 2010

15 October 2010