I was excited to take a paper making workshop with Hungarian artist Tunde Toth a little while ago. She has been making paper for 11 years and runs Kozo Studio and Gallery in Kilkenny, Ireland. At this absorbing workshop we learned the basics of paper making: preparing the pulp, creating the paper sheets, adding texture and fibres to the paper and also some colouring techniques.
Many of us work with paper on a daily basis, adding colour, design techniques and embellishments, forgetting the beauty intrinsic to the paper itself. Tunde's class brought me back to basics and reminded me to love the paper for itself - not just as a means to an end.
Paper sheet textured with a wire comb:
Paper sheet with rafia and natural fibres inlaid:
Plain Paper coloured with Fabric Dye:
Textured paper coloured with fabric dye:
Textured paper coloured with fabric dye and poster paint:
Coloured as pulp with dried flowers inlaid:
Coloured as pulp, book-jacket style:
Crazy fibres as book-jacket hinge:
Plain paper with silk fibres inlaid:
Plain paper with inlaid dried flower designs.