Beautiful handmade spring paper

Updated: Oct 4, 2020


So whilst in lockdown we have been thinking of things we can do to cheer the days of close family and friends who presence we are so deeply missing.I wanted to make May day cards, and so thought I would combine the two. So it got me thinking... Have you ever been so involved in the process of making something from start to finish? Something which helped shape your thinking? and open you up to another world of possibilities and imagination? The first time I distinctly remember having this experience. I was seven years old (so 28 years ago). I was doing just what my children did today, I made paper.

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I had visited the museum with school. We made paper from pulp and got to take it home at the end of the day. It amazed me. I felt like I was living history - I was amazed I knew how to make paper - just like people had done for thousands of years, the knowledge I felt I had gained from this simple process and the magic of its creation has lived with me since that day.

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This is the magic of willing, of experiencing, of imitating - imitation not just something you witnessed five minutes ago, but the imitation of something done by our ancestors over hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. There is something instinctual and deeply engrained in our identity as human beings to ‘do’ and to ‘make’.

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I recently bought a frame for paper making, you can buy the kits out there but really at this level and wit children its such a simple process and the fun is making the pulp yourself.


What you will need to make your paper


-A paper making frame and deckle, I bought mine from Myriad Natural Crafts and Toys you can find it here.

-Scraps of paper, the more cotton content the better if you want a finer quality but really just has any and have fun.

-A Blender

-A tub big enough to comfortably fit your frame

-A towel

-A board for drying on (it can be plastic, wood is preferable, I use a bamboo chopping board which I use to dry my wet on wet watercolour paintings)

-Natural treasures to add into your paper, flower petals, metallic thread, eco friendly glitter.