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Paper from leaves. A Photo Story
« on: November 07, 2011, 12:17:20 PM »
Ginko Leaves and lots of them.

   


I boil them all up in a mixture of water and caustic soda. This is a very smelly job requiring lots of ventilation. You don't want to inhale the fumes.

 

After separating out a few of the whole leaves I bleach the rest and beat it to a pulp. The pulp is added to a big bath of water ready to pull the first sheet of paper.



This sheet is a mixture of whole unbleached leaves and the bleached pulp.



I work sitting on the floor!



After I have made as much paper as I can it all goes into my press for a few days. I have to wait and be patient to see how it has turned out.

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Re: Paper from leaves. A Photo Story
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2011, 12:21:25 PM »
This is amazing! Thanks for sharing Julia ;D

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Re: Paper from leaves. A Photo Story
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2011, 12:38:14 PM »
This is so cool, years ago i once made some paper but not as exciting as yours

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Re: Paper from leaves. A Photo Story
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2011, 12:40:18 PM »
Ooooh fascinating! :D
thanks for sharing x
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Re: Paper from leaves. A Photo Story
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2011, 12:55:35 PM »
That's amazing.  Did you watch James May Man Lab (on iplayer  ;) ) he makes...quote 'bog roll' (toilet paper in my obviously posh house! ) from scratch...and I mean scratch, cutting down the old willow tree and everything.  I tried paper making one summer and loved doing it, I still have some sheets somewhere, but mine was very rudimentary.  Good fun though, would love a press like yours...I used encyclopedias from the 60's  ;D

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Re: Paper from leaves. A Photo Story
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2011, 01:08:22 PM »
This is just beautiful, it looked fantastic all laid out like that, very arty, I can't wait to see what comes out now.

When you say that we don't WANT to smell the fumes............. ;D

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Re: Paper from leaves. A Photo Story
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2011, 01:17:01 PM »
When you say that we don't WANT to smell the fumes............. ;D
really don't want to. really really really don't inhale the fumes!
What are you doing here any way Tan. You are supposed to be making lovely zentangle panels for your friend. Or have you finished them?

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Re: Paper from leaves. A Photo Story
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2011, 02:29:13 PM »
Nope, really don't want to smell the fumes... but really DO want to see the paper! I love handmade paper and it's yet another thing I'd like to get back into... especially now that I've started making books  ;D

Thanks for sharing. I didn't even know you could make paper from ginkgo - are they particularly good for papermaking or was it just that you had lots of them but any leaves would do?

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Re: Paper from leaves. A Photo Story
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2011, 04:03:50 PM »
That looks fantastic!!....I've tried using a really old style magnolia tree's flowers...apparently they used to write on them years ago!!.. ;D
And confess to having bought lots of handmade paper, and quite a lot I still have!!.. ;)

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Re: Paper from leaves. A Photo Story
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2011, 09:54:58 PM »
Most leaves, come to that, plant material, can be made into paper.
You have to choose leaves that are tough enough. Mature leaves, not fresh tender spring greens. I am a bit worried that I left it a bit late this year. The first time I used ginko leaves they were still green. They made a beautiful soft paper though and I just love ginko, the shape, the colours, the history.
I am told it was the only tree to survive the atomic blast in Hiroshima and it was food for dinosaurs you know  8)