Making papyrus paper goes something like this.
- They soak the pulp while sloshing sticky papyrus water all over the counters while they are watching the progress,
- They roll with my nice rolling pin while I wonder whether the rolling pin will be fit for pastry after its tour of paper making with my over zealous children
- They slosh water all over the floor as they transport old water to the sink and refill for the next round of soaking,
- They soak for another 3 days while asking me, "Is it ready yet?"
- They roll the papyrus pulp more vigorously this round, splashing water all over the kitchen as the rolling pin presses absorbed water out of the papyrus,
- They slosh water out of the trays onto the floor as they get fresh water,
- They soak, again,
- Then, using about 10 dish cloths per child they lay out the fibers in a criss cross pattern overlapping each piece, press the papyrus between 2 dish cloths until all moisture is absorbed using my nice rolling pin, and flatten the "paper" as much as possible,
- Then they transfer "paper" to some newspaper sections and weight it with stacks of books which I had in abundance since I didn't "organize and clean" this weekend. They didn't even have to leave the kitchen to gather enough weight
- Finally, they continue to switch out the newspaper until the "paper" is dry and paper like.
See what wonderful things can happen if you are open to a bit of clutter.
Next, we will experiment with smut ink and hieroglyphics. I hope the paper is usable.