The last couple of days I have been 'in the zone' making paper on our deck. I've had bags of cooked plant fibre choking the freezer so I siezed the opportunity of a long weekend to process the fibre into those wonderful sheets of paper destined for my handmade books.
Firstly I made corn husk paper - very fine texture and light in colour. I also experimented with broccoli - very fibrous and a surprise to work with after the delicateness of the corn husk. I mixed in some bleached banana fibre to give it more body and ended up with some beautiful sheets of off-white paper with interesting patterns of pale fibres through them. The fibres are about an inch long and really give this paper its character.
The sheets I create are VERY uneven and adhoc, I love the randomness of it and it contrasts well with the mass-manufactured watercolour paper I use in my books. The process is like meditation to me, an enjoyable but lengthy process that produces something unique, delicate and beautiful.