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Making Paper Part 1: Pulp


Paper pulp being prepared in my Hollander Beater. To make my paper pulp for block printing I use 90% cotton linters and 10% Abaca fiber. I process these fibers in my beater for only 5 minutes because I want the resulting paper to be soft and bulky. If you over beat the fibers, the resulting print will shrink and not lay flat when dry. At the end of the beating, I add a small amount of internal size (1 tablespoon per pound of dry pulp). I also add calcium carbonate to the pulp while it is clearing in my beater to control the pH (8) of the paper.

A short video of this process (MPG format, 360KB).

Papermaking supplies, including prepared pulps can be obtained from:

Lee Scott McDonald, Inc.
PO Box 264
Charlestown, MA 02129
Toll Free: 1-888-627-2737
Phone: (617) 242-2505
Fax: (617) 242-8825

Carriage House Paper
79 Guernsey Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222
Email: chpaper@aol.com
Toll Free: 1-800-669-8781
Phone/fax: (718) 599-7857

Twinrocker Handmade Paper
P.O. Box 413
Brookston, IN 47923
Toll Free: 1-800-757-8946
Phone: (765) 563-3119
Fax: (765) 563-8946

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