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making vegetable paper

Sharon and I have made all sorts of paper together including leaf papers. This was our first attempt at making paper from vegetables so we really didn’t know what to expect. We were spurred into action by some stunning online photographs of exquisitely fragile sheets of paper made from fruit and vegetables.

zucchini slices blog

We used a vegetable mandolin to do the slicing on these zucchinis. Very sharp!

apple slices copy

And for the apples. I sliced the top off my thumb but it has healed now.

carrots and zucchini

Carrots and sweet potatoes we sliced by hand. Then we cooked them for a few minutes.

sweet potato blog

We laid out the slices on cotton squares and pressed them using papermakers’ felts and newspaper to squeeze out all the moisture.

pressing the 'sheets'

We used a book press (it was already a bit rusty) and an old plant press.

ingredients for our first attempy at making vegetable paper

Sharon was the one who had to change the felts and newspaper every day for weeks as I went away for a couple of weeks. The weather was very wet but none of the paper went moldy. In fact some of it dried like leather.

Next time I will show you the results.





3 comments on “making vegetable paper

  1. Alan
    April 21, 2014

    Very Clever :)

    Can’t wait to see the results

    Cheers Alan

  2. Janneke
    April 21, 2014

    What a great idea! I’m dying to see the end results! Keep us posted

  3. Irene Wilkie
    April 22, 2014

    Hello Marama, You are so creative in an unusual way. I’ll watch with interest to see how these ideas turned out. Regards Irene Wilkie

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