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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Papermaking 101

My friend, Sadie, and I went to a papermaking class at the Wildlife Refuge on Saturday. We learned a very easy way to make paper from left over scraps of paper. This is the ultimate form of recycling. We put the old shredded paper pieces in a blender with some water and blended it to form a pulp. Then we added some plant matter to the blender to give the paper some texture and scent. Next we poured the pulp onto a screen down in a container of water, swished around the pulp in the water, then slowly lifted the screen to allow the paper pulp to settle into a new sheet of paper. We also added more tundra plants to our paper during the last step. We picked flowers and other plants from outside and used those in our paper. Sadie and I both made one piece of paper and one envelop. Now that hard part...who to send it to???


Kassia said...

Send it to Adam! Or even better, send it to ME! lol. Anyway just wanted to say you look good in this pic, I can tell u have lost weight! See ya soon!

Anonymous said...

You look fabulous. How much weight have you lost? I'd forgotten about paper making...sounds beautiful! Keep enjoying your Alaskan summer.