How to Recycle Your Old Drawings into Fresh Paper

Original post by Internal Error

Ok so lately I have been chucking out a bunch of drawings that I didn’t like or need and thought it would be fun to put into practice something I learnt at college.

Now the basic setup for making paper is this:

A sieve, a liquidiser, scrap paper and a sponge.

You will also need a basin, I use a sink, you could use a tray, bowl or bucket etc.

My sieve is made from a quick frame stapled together and with some mesh stretched over it. Now my mesh is some screen printing mesh I managed to blag off of college before I left. You don’t need really fine mesh to do this, I have 70T but when I learnt this technique we learnt on wire grids with much larger spacing. You can use a household sieve if you llike, however, you will need to do something else of useable paper which I will discuss later.

Tear up the paper into inch peices and put them in the liquidiser, then add copious amounts of water. Blitz it together until it looks like milkshake, like this:

Note that if there is ink on the paper, the predominant colour will effect the hue of the pulp.

Now fill up your basin with water and submerge your sieve:

Then pour in your pulp on top of your sieve so it evenly covers the surface of the sieve, if the cloudiness looks consistent pull up your sieve and let it drain:

If you notice patches where the layer of pulp is thin, then take some excess pulp (I always leave a bit) and place it over the thin spots:

Then take your sponge and dab the whole area, trying to absorb as much of the moisture as possible, squeeze out the water after every dab:

If you’re lucky enough to have sunshine where you live then you can let it dry outside, but as I live in Britain I leave it in the airing cupboard overnight.

Here is one from the day before which I used rose petals in:

If it warps then leave the paper for a day or two between a large book or something under a heavy object. If you have used a regular bowl shaped sieve then you will have to part dry your paper then roll it with a rolling pin on a flat surface and then let it dry flat.

Have fun with this, it’s pretty rewarding plus you can be inventive and add loads of things to the pulp like fruit skin and petals, or dried grass and leaves etc.

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