"Wishes for Spring" Vase designed by Linda Hess
Arnold Grummer's Papermaking kit (I use the Papermill Pro)
Arnold Grummer's Paper Tints
Arnold Grummer's specialty pulps ( white cotton rag pulp)
LuminArte' Pure Color in Olive Vine (www.luminarte.com)
Glass column vase
Batik craft yarn by Princess Mirah Design (www.batikbymirah.com)
fibers from my stash
Optional: Buttons, dried flower sprigs, polymer clay flowers
1) My vision is to create a flexible paper/fabric sheet to wrap around a glass vase. I work in my laundry room when creating paper. Hmmmmm, I wonder what would happen if I added a bit of torn dryer sheet to the pulp??
2) What could I use in place of the dryer sheets that won't try to kill my blender? I grab my bag of Arnold Grummer's specialty pulp and add a heavy 3-fingered pinch to the blender. The color from the Paper Tint was not as vibrant as I had hoped, so I also added a bit of LuminArte' Pure Color
4) Once this was complete I went to retrieve a couple of couch sheets to continue the moisture removal. Hmmmm, wonder what would happen if I used a couple of sheets that are terribly stained from past projects. I remove the cover screen and replace it with a couch sheet. Turning over the "sandwich" I carefully remove the papermaking screen (the edges are the most fragile, so take your time!) and replace it with another couch sheet. The new "sandwich" is placed on the floor (remember I work in the laundry room) and I proceed to use the press bar and my body weight (I stand on it!) to create a firmly pressed sheet of paper/fabric.
5) Once the entire sheet is pressed, removal of the couch sheets reveals a slightly tie-dyed sheet of flexible paper/fabric. PERFECT!
Now all that is needed is a bouquet of fresh flowers. Off to the store I go. I hope you have enjoyed this. If you have any questions about the process or polymer clay, feel free to contact me.