Since young I have been very interested to learn how make paper . I had always been intrigued to know the process which creates the material that we use heavily on a daily basis.
During the December trip to Taiwan we had the opportunity to create our own unique postcards from scratch.
The kids had to first put the metal casement through the big containers of pulp. These casements would trap the pulp and compact them together.
The kids had to repeat this process a few times to ensure that there is sufficient pulp collected on the case.
Once the piece of paper was formed it was time to remove it from the frame and place it on the work area. The kids were given pressed leaves and colored ink to decorate their papers.
After the pieces of papers were decorated they were laid on a shelve before being stack all up to go into the press.
It required quite a bit of physical strength to turn the wheel to compress the pieces of paper that were clamp between the pieces of wood. It needed a bit of coordination work to ensure that the press didn’t move around too much while Monkey boy was turning the wheel. In the end we left it to the instructor to ensure that all the excess water was squeezed out of the papers.
After putting the papers through press it was time to dry it fully. I can’t remember off hand the temperature that this hot press was at but it was certainly quite hot as I could see steam escaping from under the paper when it was placed on it.
It was a really fun and interesting experience to create a handmade postcard. It was a lot of work but certainly a memorable experience for all.
Have you made your own handmade postcards before?