Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Making paper and other various assundries...

 
MY MESSY KITCHEN...LAB...FACTORY
Today is paper making day! YEA!!  It didn't start out that way, but as I began my next project (an aspen collage) I realized I was dangerously low on my special aspen paper I make...SOOOOO...off to the laboratory/factory...my kitchen! :)

I thought it would be a good idea to show you some of the steps that are involved in paper making.  It isn't a quick trip to the art supply store for sure...but very much pleasing however long the process.

I first blend up my paper I want to use.  Fill a tray with my mixture, dip my mold and deckle...sponge out the water...couch each piece lovingly...iron a bit to get more water out...and then couch and press under books (art books of course) and wait..."patiently" for them to dry flat so I can make trunks and start my collage...WHEW...there went a couple of hours (not counting overnight drying flat)!

There you have it...a quick tour...


I am working on a 12x12 hardboard that is cradled...I first covered my background with a orangy/red mixture and then slathered on the greenish color.  My inspiration was the very COLD day I spent photographing some aspen in front of a green building in my canyon.  I LOVED the way the aspen looked against this building...you may remember the pics I posted with the orange window and the door...well, anyhoo...It is begun...now off to wait for my paper to dry!!

In case you were wondering I haven't forgotten about putting some of my paper casts in my ETSY shop...just got the special screen in...so they will be coming soon!! For real!

HAPPY CREATING EVERYONE!!

 
PS...look closely...this little pinecone fell from the tree and froze to the back of my little bird on the birdfeeder...just a tickle for ya!!

5 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

Gosh, all that jargon (i.e., deckle, etc.) leaves me no closer to getting the papermaking process! LOLOL I love your kitchen with all those windows looking out on the beauty around you. Are you two still planning to move? (I will miss your old place when you do!) Anyway, the latest painting is looking quite interesting and I can't wait to see more. Loved the last photo with the pine cone so oddly captured by the stone bird. I still am enjoying your sense of humor, Saundra!

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Autumn Leaves...you are SO funny! I DO love my house and kitchen...just not the FEET of snow and the wild animals trying to eat me! HA...I'm gonna miss it too!...but...onward and upward!

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Not sure what the second comment is all about...hmmm...perhaps good advice...but...hmmm...life is all about chances...sometimes they work out and sometimes we learn...I'd always rather learn...and never afraid to try and fail...cuz sometimes we try and succeed!! YES!

Lokelani Forrest said...

You certainly seem to have a lots of patience making your own paper. Most of us would just be inclined to go to the store and buy it. Very interesting process though.

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Believe me Lokelani...there ARE days! HA...but, I love the process, so that drives me!!

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