|The artiste prepares to screen pulp to make a sheet of paper.|
|Book of the Dead on ancient papyrus|
|One of Cheryl's favorites is onion paper, shown in samples above.|
Cheryl begins her process with shredded office paper, which means her artistry has a recycling component. She manages to blend the paper without burning out her blender motor.
|Container of pulp ready to be made into paper|
|Screening the pulp takes but a minute or less.|
|Leaves and stems add depth and color to handcrafted paper.|
The screen is homemade from items available at a hardware store such as wood frames, screening like that used for a screen door, and a plastic grid base with holes. Once screened, Cheryl reviews all the edges to make sure they are smooth and then carefully removes the paper from the screen.
|The screen frame separates easily to allow for removal of the paper.|
|Excess water falls through the screen.|
The paper is placed on a towel for drying. Warm air dries the paper in an hour or so.
|Freshly made paper dries on a towel shortly after screening|
|Paper in varied stages of dryness|
The unused pulp from a day's paper making may be stored in balls and re-used at a later time. Simply add water to give the pulp sufficient consistency for screening.
|Colored balls of dried pulp await their turn to be made into paper.|
|Handwritten journals have a special warmth that a computer journal cannot match!|
|Cheryl's items for sale on display at Park Silly Sunday Market|