These striking white birch trees are made by layering white paper pulp onto a white sheet of blue handmade paper. I mounted the finished paper onto a green 5 X 7-inch folded card to use as a Christmas card.
To make the blue background I used half a sheet of paper made in a Grummer Medium Pour Mold.
I wanted to work with this half sheet while it was still wet. I also wanted it to have a soft edege on all sides. The pour mold gives the paper this nice edge. To get a smiliar finish on the last side, I tied a ribbon to the the screen and plastic gride before I attached them to the frame.
|ribbon tied on the bottom of screen and grid|
Once the frame is in place, I poured the blue pulp into the mold, then drained it and sponged it, leaving the ribbon in place. After I very lightly sponged the sheet, I untied the ribbon and slowly pulled it away. Now I have two nicely edged sheets -- for two cards!
|Wet sheet, ribbon still in place|
|I put a screen on either side of the ribbon before I pulled it to keep the paper from tearing.|
For the tree trunks I poured white pulp onto the black mesh screen, placed atop the white plastic grid. To get the right shape, I placed two other plastic grids on top of the black screen and poured the white pulp between them.
|White gride, then black screen, then two more grids as guides for the pulp.|
|Nice straight edges on the trunk|
I lifted the black screen and placed it, pulp side down, on the wet blue sheet. It adhered to the wet sheet after just a bit of sponging.
To make the black lines on the trees, I squirted a thin line of black pulp on the black screen (again, placed atop the white grid) and rolled the pulp with my finger until it was a really thin ribbon. Sticking it on my finger, I placed it gently on the tree trunk.
Repeat, varying the the gap between the two top white grids to make the different sized trees.
When I finished making my birch forest, I placed the blue sheet between two couching sheets and put it in the paper press.
I glued the dry blue sheet to the front of a 5 X 7 inch folded card.
Then I made the other card.
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!