Lately, I've been exploring paper making.
This week, I had the good fortune to spend some time with Shelly DeChantal, a friend I knew from my days as a fiber artist. Both of us have morphed into mixed media over the years and while I'm exploring collage right now, Shelly has been exploring paper making and generously offered to share her knowledge and techniques.
Making paper is a laborious and time-consuming endeavor. But in the end, you are making something that is totally unique to you and something no machine can replicate. It is valuable in and of itself. It also satisfies my reason for making art — it's all about the process and not about the outcome.
We worked with cotton fibers (something new to me since I've been working with mulberry papers) and here are the two sheets of paper I made with Shelly's help. She shared so much with me that I left her studio with my head exploding. I learned about the history of paper making, how to dye the fibers, and how to emboss the surface.
I encourage you to visit her website and see her art. I love her work!
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!