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Re: [teacherartexchange] Handmade Paper from Plants - Lesson File on IAD


From: Ray Leal (rayleal_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Sep 01 2005 - 05:59:59 PDT

You can chop them and add them to paper pulp, and the result is paper
with plant pieces embedded, like the paper you see with bits of leaves
and flowers- they are more of an embelleshment. If you cook the plant,
the plant actually becomes the pulp. We used banana tree parts when I
was in school- among other things- I really liked using Artichoke
hearts, of course we made heart shaped paper with them too.
On Aug 31, 2005, at 5:09 PM, jane mary wrote:

> Hi All,
> Judy , this lesson about papermaking with plant fibers really caught
> my interest because I was going to make handmade paper with my kids
> this fall but I have not ever added plants. I have added dried leaves
> but not plants. I was wondering why it is necessary to cook the
> plants. Why wouldn't it work if you cut up the plants really well,
> maybe with a paper cutter and added some to paper pulp in the blender?
> If Elizabeth or anyone could help I would really appreciate it! Thanks!
> MJHadley
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