Thursday, July 27, 2017

Cotton Paper

I'm sorry to be out of sync with posting here, but each day brings a different ability for my hands. In the meantime, here is a sheet of cotton paper I made from cut-up white cotton fabric using scissors (my hand never should have done that!). It wasn't good for my blender either, you can still see threads, some of which wrapped around the blender blades. It's interesting though, and treated with a gelatin sizing so it can be written upon. However, I'll probably use it as a mounting sheet for a piece of my artwork. I've learned making fabric paper needs an industrial Hollander Beater to chop the ingredients into good pulp. It's an expensive piece of equipment, large and very strong. So I think I will stick with plants that my blender can handle. Next I'll show the results of my corn paper effort.

6 comments:

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

Hi Barbara, I can imagine that this wasn't an easy task for your blender but the paper turned out lovely. It will make a great background for your artwork. I recently read about handmade asparagus paper on a German blog. Have you tried that?
Hugs,
Julia

kathyinozarks said...

awesome Barbara! I am anxious still for the corn results

Gene Black said...

That is very interesting. Have you considered buying cotton "fluff" to use for making paper? If you were in Alabama you could get some from the cotton fields after it is machine harvested. You would have to pull the seeds out though.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Well, fabric paper is new to me. You sure come up with some great stuff. You're so versatile! Hope the hand is better and you didn't have a relapse do this project. Perhaps a rotary cutter would have been better than scissors.
xx, Carol

Debra said...

Really cool looking. I love how light makes the fibers show up.

Barb said...

I love all of the experimenting you have been doing....what fun post.