We took shreds from the paper shredder
and soaked them for two entire days. Amazingly, they didn’t disintegrate. But they did finally sink to the bottom of the bucket.
Then we used the blender to make what looked most unappetizing. It was so gross looking that Sprite wouldn’t touch it. I admit, I’ve cleaned up such messes when someone was sick. But this was paper pulp, and it wasn’t truly gross. It just looked and felt gross.
If you’ve never made paper before, let me tell you, it’s a MESS. Such a mess that I didn’t even want my camera around. So all the nitty gritty steps are missing here. If you want to make paper, I recommend these few links. The video was especially helpful.
Now we jump to the blotting the water from the back of the wire screen. A finished piece is in the front.
After it dried, it was quite a different color! It’s terribly stiff, and I don’t have a plan for using it. So I’m saving it until we become inspired. It was a worthwhile project if for nothing else than to appreciate the process. I told Sprite that if we had to make all the paper we used, we’d certainly do a lot more conserving! It is a lot of work!