So I chose to work with shapes instead. I dug out my stencils and pastry cutters that I use for craft groups and looked through for a simple shape. I chose a heart, I know it can be interpretted as a valentine symbol but my thought process was taking me to gift tags for family and friends. Ideal for Christmas and Birthday pressies.
The next thing I had to do was lay out a few paper making frames, which were going to serve as drainage trays. Then I put all the pulp into a bowl so it was easier to transfer it from this instead of the food processing bowl.
I laid the heart shaped cookie cutter onto the gauze placed a straw near the top then scooped up a small amount of pulp and popped it inside the shape. Then using a clay tool softened the edges. It was a little bit tricky holding the straw whilst distributing the pulp but I just about managed it. The reason for the straw was so there would be a hole to thread ribbon through when the shape was dried.
The tray of frames were then put on the shed roof to dry. I will share with you how they turned out in the next post.
to be continued