Step 1: Tools and Materials
Old newspaper or other paper products
1/4" wire mesh
Hair dryer (optional)
Step 2: Creating Frame
Cut an identical sheet of window screen, as seen in the bottom left picture. Place it on top of the thicker mesh, and tape the edges together using duct tape (any other tape works, just be sure it will stay stuck together in water). The top left picture should look similar to yours.
Step 3: Recycle your Material
You can use anything from newspaper, envelopes, old school notes, letters, or even construction paper. You will want to stay away from plastic, wax paper or glossy pages of magazines. The colors you choose will determine the color of the ending paper, mine will turn out a grey color because I am using only newspaper. You could even use old fabrics such as felt if you want to add strength and more color.
Step 4: Soak your Material
About one thin newspaper will yield 5-10 pieces of recycled paper depending on the size and thickness.
Step 5: Blend your Material
The more newspaper or material, the thicker your paper will be. If you are intending to write on the paper, add about 2 teaspoons of liquid starch, so the ink does not bleed through the fibers of the finished product.
Blend on a pulse until the newspaper has blended into a smooth pulp as is shown in the bottom right picture.
Step 6: Soak your Frame
Slowly begin to add your pulp, remember, the more pulp, the thicker the ending paper. I used about 3 handfuls of pulp.
Step 7: Settle the Material
Remove large chunks or unblended paper.
Step 8: Remove your Frame
If there is any section of the screen that is not covered, feel free to add a bit more pulp to blend in the sections, notice how thick my layer of pulp is, this will thin, do not worry.
Step 9: Dry your Paper
Be sure to wring out the sponge frequently, or switch to paper towels.
Step 10: Remove your Paper
If the paper does not hold together as you remove it, there is still too much water in the fibers, and you may want to leave it sit for another 30 min.
Once it has been removed, set it on a flat absorbent surface and allow the paper to dry. You can speed up the process by using a heat gun or hair dryer on a low setting. My paper sat over night and was almost completely dry by morning.