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Banksia Book – Constructed

Over recent months I’ve documented my progress in printing some Banksia themed solar plates I was given late last year. Some of them are quite worn, or possibly not etched deeply enough to start with, but they have been a … Continue reading

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Completed: Monoprinted concertina book

Claire Brach, In Isolation, 2020, free-standing articulated concertina book, commercial & handmade paper, mixed media drawing & painting, monoprinting

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Part 3: Monoprinted vignettes

Finally every page printed.  32 different plants printed in isolation, each showcased in their own right.  Here is a selection. I also printed some of my book pages without the background.  The plants are so lovely on their own I … Continue reading

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Pineapple paper

A friend gave me some semi-prepared pineapple fibre to make into paper.  The fronds of the pineapple plant had been stripped and dried before being shaped into a hank. I pulled it apart, chopped it into short lengths and boiled … Continue reading

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The value of my banana tree

Having planted 2 banana trees a few years ago we’ve cut one down and harvested the fibres, as there are others now growing. The tree was split into 3; the inner trunk fibre, outer trunk fibre and the leaves/fronds.  These … Continue reading

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Banana pulp

Remember my baby banana trees from way back in October 2016? The left-hand one, living in direct sunlight, grew enormous, had a baby, and was chopped down a month ago.  The baby, now a late teenager (!!), has a baby … Continue reading

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Mixing more pulp

After my paper-making last week I had a little pulp remaining and decided to de-freeze some banana fibre pulp I made last year and see how it would mix with the rest.  I also had a bit of recycled pale … Continue reading

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Off the grid

Yesterday.  At home.  Computer off.  Mobile phone out of sight.  Just my husband, my dog Jack and myself.  A rare day, determined to keep the world out. The sun was bright, a little windy but warm and I was in … Continue reading

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The glory of oranges

I love my orange tree.  It’s the pride of my garden, closely followed by my mandarin and banana trees.  I’m not a great gardener but this tree rewards me every year, and I’ve just harvested kilos and kilos of gorgeous … Continue reading

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Banana fibre paper

I boiled up my banana fibre a few weeks ago and last week blended it to a smooth pulp ready to make paper.  I decided to combine it with some of the leftover  pale-yellow cardstock pulp I made when working … Continue reading

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Banana paper: Stage 1

Whilst having a huge clean-up at Primrose Park recently (the home of Primrose Paper Artists) one of our members came across a couple of bags of banana fibre ready for boiling, before pulping and making paper.  We couldn’t work out … Continue reading

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Tree theme: Collaging plant fibre

Working with my semi prepared swiss cheese plant (Monstera Deliciosa) fibre that I prepared here and here I started shaping and mixing the fibre with some cardamom pulp (kindly donated to me by another paper maker, Jill). Using an old … Continue reading

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Plant fibre paper: Strelitzia

Having started down the route of learning to make paper from plant material (see previous posts re Monstera Deliciosa trials) I spent a day with my friends at Primrose Paper Arts learning the basics.  As I have a huge Strelitzia … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Plant fibre paper: My first foray!

Ever since seeing a friend pulping banana leaf & stalk and then later turning it into wonderful textural paper sheets I’ve been wanting to have a go. Mandy made two colours, that I saw.  One was a beautiful rich brown, … Continue reading

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