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RE: Papyrus


From: Alix Peshette (apeshet_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jul 23 2003 - 18:41:08 PDT

Hi Ellen,
How authentic are you trying to be in paper-making? If you are trying for
just the paper-making experience ala the Chinese or medieval paper-making, I
suggest a product called cotton linters. It looks like very thick sheets of
large white paper. It is torn up and put into a blender with water to make
a paper slurry. Then the slurry is poured onto a screened frame, couched,
(flipped onto wool blankets) and pressed to get rid of the water. The paper
sheets are then dried. Even still, without sizing, the sheets aren't that
great to draw or paint on. I use hand-dyed cotton linters as a sculptural
medium similar to wet clay for my own artwork.

Here are some links to the paper-making community:

Using papyrus for paper-making is very difficult as the stems are peeled and
pounded, then laid side by side and sort of 'glued' together to make a
continuous strip.

BTW, I grow dwarf papyrus in my koi pond and really enjoy how it looks as an
historical water plant.

Alix E. Peshette
Technology Coordinator
Emerson Junior High School
Davis, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: Ellen Silverman []
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2003 6:07 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Papyrus

I was interested in the question about what would be a good substitute
plants for papyrus for making paper, I did a google search and found
that the used the stem of the papyrus reed to make the paper. So I am
wondering if another aquatic reed like plant would be the way to go,
such as the cattail. Papyrus can grow up to 15 feet high so it has a
very long stem. If you went with leaves maybe yucca.
Ellen Silverman
New Jersey