Thursday, April 22, 2010

Home made paper ..

Shred the waste paper and soak it overnight in water.

Blend it in a mixer-grinder with a paste of fenugreek (methi) seeds. For colour, add natural colouring agents like Turmeric powder (Haldi), etc.

Put water in a pan with a wire-mesh inside.

Pour a cup of the blended paper pulp over the mesh and spread it evenly.

Lift the mesh and drain the water.

Place the mesh on one side of an open newspaper and close the newspaper.

Carefully flip the newspaper so that the mesh is on top of the pulp.

Press a flat wooden board on the newspaper to squeeze out water.

Open the newspaper and take out the mesh.

Keep the newspaper open for drying. Dried leaves and petals can be spread on the sheet while it is wet.

Once dried, peel off the sheet from the newspaper.

Lightly iron the sheet under a piece of moist muslin cloth.

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