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!
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