Induction by Tom Martin.
Fascinating insight into the basics of Papermaking.
- LARGE CONTAINER FOR THE WATER/PULP
- REMNANTS OF UNWANTED PAPER
- MOLD & DECKLE
- PAPER PRESS (NUTS & BOLTS USED TO TIGHTEN)
- PVA GLUE
Waste/remnant/unwanted paper was taken from a recycling box, and ripped into roughly 1-2″ pieces of paper, which was then added to an empty box. As soon as the box was half full, Tom added enough water to a blender to fill it 75% capacity. A large handful of paper pieces was placed within blender and blitzed into a pulp (consistency of pulp can be determined by the time being blitzed in blender).
PVA Glue (2TBSP) was added to the last blender full of pulp; when enough pulp was created (10 blender contents), another bucket of warm water was added to container to make a porridge like stew.
Make sure to stir the pulp with a wooden spatula before attempting to submerge and pull up the mold and deckle, which should be attached together to capture the pulp. The mold is the piece housing the mesh, and the deckle is used to secure the pulp.
The base of the paper press was ‘lined’ with a J-Cloth, and the first layer of paper pulp was pressed down onto the cloth. A press and flip motion is used to avoid the pulp/paper from slipping off into a heap. This process was continued so each one of the 13 students, myself included had their own piece of ‘paper’. Each layer of pulp was topped off with another J-cloth until there was no pup left within the container full of water. The thickest ‘sheets’ of pulp were at the bottom, and the thinnest at the top. The large bolts were attached to the bottom press and the top was positioned in place; bolts were tightened until they were unable to tighten further. The printing press was stood upright to allow the excess water to drain off, and was left to stand for 30minutes.
Some of my samples. I incorporated some dried seeds within my A4 piece, hopefully it turns out exactly how I want it to. I recently purchased a book on Papermaking from Re-Create in Ely, and will be trying to incorporate some of the techniques on my own work; Papermaking Techniques Book by John Plowman, comes highly recommended.
A few of the other girls and I decided to incorporate a coloured paper into another batch of the pulp/water mix. Can A1 piece of purple sugar paper was added to a primarily white batch of recycled/waste/remnant paper pieces. The same process was used as the first. All pieces were individually and carefully removed from the press, and placed on top of a large surface area heater. Will collect on Friday.
Demonstration of Monoprinting technique/process by Tom.