Cast Paper

The Process:  Wet paper pulp is packed into a mold and allowed to dry.

There are many types of molds that can be used in this medium - plastic, rubber (latex), carved wood, and, my favorite, plaster of paris.  I sculpt the original image using plastalina clay on a glass or metal sheet, then pour plaster of paris over this original art.  When the plaster has cured, the clay is removed, destroying the original sculpture.

I use coffee filters and/or construction paper, processed in a blender with lots of water, to make the paper pulp, but commercial pulp is available.

Bits of leaves, seeds, flower petals, thread can add to the texture and beauty of the piece.  Even dryer lint can create a marvelous effect!