Monday, July 24, 2017

Handmade Paper From Plants

This is an ancient art like the process that produced papyrus. I'm making "corn paper" from the leaves of husked corn. They are washed and cut into pieces before soaking overnight in water (above). The next day they are drained and cooked with a soda ash solution for 2+ hours to break down the plant fibers. Cooking causes color changes from light green to brown. After cooling overnight, I'll use my usual handmade paper-making process and post a photo of the result tomorrow. I try to avoid cooking, but my healing hand likes it better than sewing and knitting. I may have enough pulp to make 2 whole sheets of paper, wish me luck!

5 comments:

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

When I saw the picture, it looked like you were cooking celery. Though I don't make paper, I am interested in seeing this process and the end result.

There is something wrong with the Universe. Here you are healing and can't do what you love and CAN do what you don't.
xx, Carol

Gene Black said...

That is quite interesting. I had no idea that you could make paper from corn husks. I hope you share the entire process.

kathyinozarks said...

Oh I love this Barbara can you share the recipe and I am anxious for the results too-looks like fun! do they have to be fresh corn husks or can you use those dried ones for making tamales?

Debra said...

I can't wait to see the whole process. Guess you have to take lots of pictures for us!

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

That sounds exciting, Barbara! Have fun! I look forward to seeing your finished papers.
xo Julia