And guess who joined me there? None other than fellow blogger and calligrapher Jane Farr, from A Place to Flourish! It was nice to be able to meet up with Jane and her sister Kathy, from Tennessee, along with some of my Chicago Calligraphy Collective friends.
We learned how to dip the screens and get the pulp to lay just right on the surface. (That's me with the master papermaker and owner, Travis Becker.)
We also learned where NOT to put our thumbs!!!
We watched as the master showed us how to "couch" (pronounced "cooch") the wet pulp/"paper" onto the felts. Make sure to rock onto your toes and place your weight forward. Rock your weight from right to left and lift the frame off the felt.
We also made some smaller, 8.5 x 11 sheets
and got to "paint" with colored pulp.
Here's Jane's sister, Kathy,
with one of her beautiful sheets.
And then it was time to load the stack of wet sheets into the large press. This double stack was just slightly too high, so Travis and CCC member Sandra Wagner (a blogger, too!) used their weight to press the stack down just enough to fit into the press.
The fruit of our labor being pressed by 30,000 lbs. of pressure to squeeze out the
excess water and flatten into sheets.
Here's Jane gently laying each finished sheet
on top of another. The whole stack will be dried
and then delivered to us in about three weeks.
VERY FUN PROCESS!