What to do

1. Soak the torn paper pieces in warm water for at least 30 minutes. If possible, leave it soaking overnight.

2. Bend the wire hanger to make a square-shaped frame. Cover your hanger with a nylon stocking and staple it in place to make a screen.

3. Fill the blender halfway with warm water, then add a handful of the soaked paper. Making sure the lid is on tight, blend at medium speed until you no longer see pieces of paper (the pulp has a soupy consistency called a slurry).

You can blend in a piece of construction paper for color, or stir in short pieces of thread, dried flowers, or herbs for texture.

4. Pour the blended mixture into the large tub and then fill the tub with warm water to cover the mixture, stirring thoroughly until the ingredients are evenly dispersed.

5. Slide your frame into the tub, allowing some pulp to settle onto the screen. Hold the frame underwater, and gently move it back and forth to get an even layer of fibers on the screen.

6. Lift the frame out of the mixture, keeping it flat. Allow it to drip over the tub until most of the water has drained through. You should have a uniform layer of the pulp mixture on the screen. Press the pulp gently with your hand to squeeze out excess moisture. Soak up excess water from the bottom of the screen with a sponge.

Place clean dishtowels, felt, or newspaper on a flat surface and flip the screen paper-side-down onto the cloth. Lift the screen gently, leaving behind the paper. This is called couching.

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