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From Plants to Paper: A Backyard Papermaking Workshop

August 27 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm



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A 3-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Saturdays, August 27, September 10 and 17, 10am-2pm

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About this Workshop:

With a few basic pieces of equipment and some garden clippings, you too can make paper right in your backyard! During the first day of the workshop, students will be shown how to cook and process various plant fibers and make a mould and deckle (the paper-making frame).  The second day will cover the process of hand beating the fibers and how to form, press, and dry sheets of paper. The last day will be spent learning some artistic variations, such as how to use the pour moulds and add color to your paper with natural dyes and pulp paint. Students will leave the workshop with at least 20 sheets and leftover plant fiber to continue making more paper, as well as recorded notes for harvesting, cooking, and beating fiber for future reference. 

Level: Intermediate – Previous experience with Introduction to Hand Papermaking or similar (6 hour class) recommended

Registration has been extended to August 22, 2022. Material fees are included with your registration, though a list of additional items needed to be gathered/purchased will be sent with your confirmation.


Registration includes a $55 materials fee to cover items such as pellon, mould and deckle supplies, soda ash, supplemental plant fiber, and formation aid. In addition, students should bring: 

  • Plant fiber (instructor will provide more details and instructions upon registration) 
  • An apron (waterproof if possible) 
  • A notebook or sketchbook for note-taking
  • Sturdy shoes with good tread – the studio floor will get wet!


Gretchen Schermerhorn is a printmaker and hand papermaker and currently serves as Artistic Director at Pyramid Atlantic. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University, and since then has completed artist residencies at The Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Seacourt Print Workshop in Northern Ireland, California State University and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Florida. Her prints, installations, and works on paper works have been exhibited around the country and internationally, and her work is part of the Montgomery County Public Art Trust, Anne Arundel Community College’s print collection, and the Janet Turner Print Collection. You can learn more about her work at www.gretchenschermerhorn.com.

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