Periodically over the past couple of years a local mom has been asking me if I would teach a group of her daughter's friends to make paper. "You bet," I'd always reply. "You get the group together on a date that works for all and we'll have at it." Well, it never came together but I knew the interest was sincere. Finally, another one of the mom's in the group of buddies was able to pull it off and we met in my garage last Tuesday evening for some colorful papermaking fun.
We worked from 6:30 to 9 in the garage and on the driveway. It was a beautiful summer evening and the Michigan mosquito only showed up toward the end of the party. The girls learned basic sheet forming and how to use pigments/inclusions. They also learned a few fun papermaking tricks like dragging a piece of thread through the pulp to make a "line" of pulp as well as how to stamp into a wet sheet to add interest and dimension. We used boards as our drying method.
As usual, I only remembered to take pictures after the workshop was over. Here are the girls (moms declined the picture opp) proud of their work and ready to come back for more.
To my local friends: think about this for a birthday party, girls-night-out or some other gathering. It's a great way to relax, have fun and create.