Friday, April 11, 2014

Common Buckthorn Paper

It looked a lot better before it dried. :)

This is my first attempt at making paper from the invasive plant common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica). I dried one side on acrylic to make it smoother and even tried an image transfer, but I'll spare you that picture. It came out a lot rougher than I thought it would considering how smooth the pulp had felt. I'm going to throw this piece and the rest of the pulp back into the blender and give it all another chop. As I predicted, each plant is going to require a new learning curve both in processing and image transfers. Back to the drawing board.