I recently collected some plant material from my brother's property at Gympie. I wanted to try a few different plants in my papermaking, other than that collected from my own garden.
Plants used include: Bromelaid leaves (dried and chopped up in a mulcher) - lovely dark chocolate, flecked paper but quite a bit of shrinkage so best incorporated with other fibres and recycled paper.
Lomandra, Bladey Grass, Citronella grass, Bracken Fern, Lemon Grass.
|The electric cooker|
|Rinsing the cooked fibre|
|Beating/chopping the cooked fibre, with the|
|Bracken Fern, after cooking for 4 hours.|
|Bracken Fern, after it has been put through the insinkerator.|
Very fiberous, not much bulk.
The resulting paper looked just like a tree fern trunk.
Not practical paper but very interesting!
|The vat, ready to pull the sheets using the mould & deckle.|
I have sprinkled calendula stamens/petals and lavender
on top of the vat as decorative colour and texture when
the sheets are pulled.
|My new 'toys', from Japan. These assist me to adhere|
the formed sheets of paper onto my board for drying.
|Sheets of Citronella grass drying on the boards.|
This paper is, well, very grassy!
|Close up of the Citronella grass paper. |
Lots of texutre so I won't be using this one for printing on.....
Lovely to touch and admire though!
|A sheet of dried Bladey Grass, this is my favourite.|
Lovely golden colour with lots of texture (hard to see in the photo).
I think this is one I will use in some future exhibition pieces.