Note: To protect the privacy of our members, e-mail addresses have been removed from the archived messages. As a result, some links may be broken.

Lesson Plans

Re: Paper making

[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]
marianna Delafield (
Tue, 4 May 1999 11:28:09 -0500

Middle School kids have loved paper making...great to do at the end of the
year when its getting warm here in Iowa. I've even done it outside on the
grass. The students have added banana peels, both cooked and uncooked to
the cotton linters pulp, and it is especially beautiful. Finished papers
could be incorporated into box or bookmaking, or using as a cast material in
plaster casts of faces and any of a number of other negative casts. I also
used some puppet faces/heads that I had made and cast them in paper. I'd
also like to try some hemp this fall, to get a linen-like quality. Has
anyone done this? Do you need to use a Hollander beater to break it down?
I imagine that you would need to cook it before beating? I am also
wondering if the hemp would shrink the way that abaca does for sculpture
techniques? (how do you spell that?) -Marianna