Plant fibre paper: Progress …… or not

Yesterday, after another period of boiling my swiss cheese plant fibre I let it cool down in the pot overnight.  This morning, out it came straight into a pillow case for the rinsing process again.  No slime, but possibly a bit of mud or similar.  I think the whole lot was too dry for any slime, or maybe there isn’t enough sap in this particular plant to turn into slime regardless.

It’s been drying out in the garden until I decide what to do next.

scp5Grabbing the rotary cutter and roughly chopping it sounds good.  Then it can get re-soaked and I can try to whizz it in the blender into pulp.

However, although I have no experience in this field, my sense is that you really do need the slime to ‘glue’ the lot together into paper sheets.  I think this will end up shredded as much as I can and mixed with other paper pulp to form usable sheets.  Whatever I end up with is going to be super textural and very fibrous.

In its current form it reminds me of a bad hair day!


About Claire B

I am a passionate printmaker, paper maker and book artist. I'm a 'forever' student and frequently attend courses and workshops to extend and improve my creative skills.
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1 Response to Plant fibre paper: Progress …… or not

  1. Pingback: Tree theme: Collaging plant fibre | TactualTextiles

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