Kids can really impress you by the way they are not fazed by trying new stuff out.
Most of the children who attended the Art Cabin workshops this week were under 7 years old. The paper they made is quite amazing, considering they had never done anything like this before.
They watched as paper pulp was made in a food processor by mixing small bits of scrap paper with water. The pulp was then poured in the vats containing a couple of inches of clean water. The children were able to add an assortment of inclusions such as lavender, glitter, gold thread, ground coffee and pressed flowers.
Using a deckle (mesh covered frame), the children were able to extract the paper pulp from the water, which later would form their very own designer sheet of paper. Water from the pulp was pressed out with a sponge and brayer. The final pieces of paper were pressed flat on newspaper to dry. Some were ironed flat by an adult to speed up the drying process.
It is hoped that the children will go on to make their own sketchbooks with the paper they produced.
Thanks must go to Brigitta Scholz Mastrioanni for taking time out to do the photography and the Hatfield and Rural Schools Consortium for funding this workshop.