than that between the paper and the mesh, which
should cause the paper to stick to the felt.
4e. Place another felt piece on top of the sheet.
Using a brayer or presser bar (or any smooth, even
surface), smooth the paper to remove any lingering
excess moisture (Figure I).
5.DRY THE PAPER
Set the paper between the felts on a flat surface to
air-dry. Your paper may “cockle” (curl) a bit; if you
want to reduce cockling, stack your wet sheets, one
on top of the other, with felts between each sheet,
then place a heavy book on top to press them
You can easily incorporate designs into your paper
by separating different pulp colors or textures into
A piece of stiff, thin plastic can split your sheet
into 2 or more sections. You can also use cookie cutters or a tin can with both ends removed (for circles,
as seen in the opening shot) to create shapes within
your sheet, or to make shaped gift tags, etc.
Pour distinct pulp mixtures into the separated
areas, pull your mold from the vat, and remove the
separators before couching your sheet. The pressure
The drying time of your papers will vary from
less than an hour to several days, depending on the
humidity in the air and the type of pulp used. If the
drying takes more than a day, change the felts
once a day — this will keep the paper from getting
moldy. If you’re in a hurry, you can gently press
your sheets with an iron, but this tends to make the
sheets cockle quite a bit, and I don’t recommend it.
from the felt will join the separate sections into
a single sheet, as long as they’re approximately
the same density and weight.
If you’d like to embed flat items such as paper,
fabric, or leaves into your paper, it’s easy. Dip
the item into your pulp mixture to coat it with a
thin layer, and then work the item into the pulp
sheet right after you remove it from the vat.
François Vigneault is a cartoonist, publisher, and occasional bird-watcher. Friends is his catchall personal comic book; he is
also the editor of Elfworld. He thanks you, deeply, for your interest.