Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Dried Paper

The dried paper will often have a loose form. To create a more rigid form the paper can be flattened under books or ironed.

The Drying Process

The formed paper pulp should be dried on a durable flat surface that does not change form when wet. The demonstration used extruded polystryene insultation panels (EPI) as the drying surface. The drying time took about 2 to 4 hours when placed in direct sunlight at mid-day.

Adding Petals

Flower petals may be added to the paper pulp mixture to add splashes of color and textures. During this demonstration wisteria petals, dandilion petals, and buttercup petals were added to provide spots of yellow and purple. Use your imagination to think of what other organic elements could be added to enhance color or texture.