Monday, October 4, 2010

Papermaking with Gampi

(Bubble. Bubble. Toil and Trouble. Strips of cut gampi cook in water and soda ash.)
In addition to letterpress printing, I love to make paper. Today, I am preparing some strips of gampi (fiber from the inner bark of the gampi branches) in some hot water with soda ash. After "cooking" for about 3 hours, it will be rinsed several times and placed into my Hollander that will crush the kozo and separate the fibers. That may take about another two hours or so before it can then be used the for papermaking. What do I do with this paper? I might use them for cards or binding into a book.

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