Have you ever made paper? I have once, at a washi studio in Japan a few years ago; part of a study-abroad field trip. It was an empowering feeling, turning plant material into durable and useful paper. Faced with free time on the Prairie and an embarrassment of some mysterious, fibrous plant, I endeavored to rediscover the art of papermaking. I found some excellent resources online, here, here, and here. What follows is a story and pictures of the process I followed, and ways to improve upon the process.
Look Out Baby, We Got da Tools
Plenty of Fibrous Plant Material
A Big Stainless Steel Pot
Some Kind of Heating Mechanism
Old Yucky Blender
Doing this outdoors or in a place with lots of ventilation where it doesn't matter if it smells like Forest Soup would be best. Also someplace you can leave your Mess without the need to tidy up is always helpful. The three websites I linked to were indispensable to my completing this project, and I doubt that I will be succinct enough to preclude their necessity. Thanks to Yuki Ito, JAANUS, and Beth LaCour for writing all this stuff down. Allons-y!