One Sheet at a Time

One Sheet at a Time

The Sunday Paper #69

Featured Paper of the Week: Pour Papers from Arnold Grummer’s® Papermaking

Pour papers made by individuals at a recent retreat

Pour papers made by creative individuals at a recent retreat which then became book covers

Arnold Grummer is one of the grandfathers of hand papermaking, and I’m so happy that I had a chance to meet him several years ago. Arnold was inducted into the International Paper Industry Hall of Fame in 2012 for his lifetime contribution as a paper educator and passed away a few weeks later. His vast number of products, books and videos makes papermaking accessible to the masses.

Sunday Paper Readers are welcome to a 15% discount on their order at Arnold Grummer’s ® Papermaking thru Sept. 1, 2015. Use code SP15 at checkout.

Arnold fashioned his pour handmold (a mould with high sides that sits in a vat with a few inches of water, making it easy to prepare pulp for one-of-a-kind sheets of paper) after the British handsheet-former he saw scientists using in paper test labs at the Institute of Paper Chemistry. He came to rely on the pour method of papermaking in his duties as curator of the Dard Hunter Paper Museum, which was housed at the Institute (the collection is now in Atlanta). Following a tour, visitors were so excited about paper that they predictably wanted to know how they could make paper themselves. To address the question in quick fashion, he’d blend up some pulp, pour it into his basement-made handmold, form a sheet and iron it dry for them to take home. His technique took five minutes from start to dry sheet.

Check out the variety of paper colors and content shown above that were made recently when Arnold’s daughter Kim Schiedermayer (who runs the company now) led 30 women in making 60 sheets of paper in two hours in a hotel conference room. And this was their first paper making experience. Sharing two vats of water and four handmolds, they made paper by ‘pouring’.

Adding ‘paper by pouring’ to the papermaker’s repertoire can simplify logistical barriers and broaden opportunities to present classes and workshops in the community. It’s another way to enrich others with the process we love. Here’s a video of Arnold showing how to make paper using a pour handmold.


In the Studio: 

This week, I made these paper folders using watermarks and pulp stenciling for my upcoming Red Cliff Paper Retreat. NEWS FLASH: one spot just opened up if you can get yourself to Colorado in 3 weeks. 

red cliff folder


Cleveland area peeps: if you haven’t been to the Morgan Conservatory of Art, you are in for a real treat, especially now through September 17th when this installation by Kerry Harding graces their exhibition space. Murmuration is a site-specific installation featuring more than 1,000 paper airplanes representing starlings, “birds known for strange and beautiful flocking patterns.


Here is a lovely integration of origami and animation. Natasha Kholgade Banerjee, a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, was inspired to make her origami models come to life and fly, and has developed a program that lets them soar.


I find these images hard to decipher, but apparently these Star Wars scenes are intricately cut by artist Marc Hagan-Guirey from a single sheet of paper. Cool lighting!


I like these torn paper collages by Jyotirmoy Ray, which were on exhibit recently in India. 


Who doesn’t love Alice in Wonderland? Check out these paper cuts by Adamova Marina that feature scenes from the story.


About Our Paper of the Week Sponsor

Arnold Grummer’s®, the company, manufactures and distributes papermaking kits & supplies for home, schools and communities. The business is managed by Kim Schiedermayer. Arnold’s daughter, in Appleton, WI. Check out these sites to learn more: Arnold Grummer’s® youtube channelFaceBook pageBlog.

Special thanks to Arnold Grummer for sponsoring this post and for their contribution to the world of handmade paper! 


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