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Papermaking at Home

August 3, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In this two-part workshop, participants will learn how to recycle junk-mail into gorgeous handmade paper right at home.

Part One is Tuesday, August 3 from 6:00-8:00pm Eastern Time

Part Two is Thursday, August 5 from 6:00-8:00pm Eastern Time

Looking to learn a fun new skill this summer? In this two-part workshop, participants will learn how to recycle junk-mail into gorgeous handmade paper right at home. In part one of the workshop, artist Heather Steckler will guide participants to build their own paper-making mould and deckle with supplies that can be found at local craft or hardware stores. We will also discuss potential modifications you can make to your mould and deckle, as well as other paper-making supplies and ideas to prepare for the following session. In part two, participants will learn how to pull their own homemade paper, discuss additives, and experiment with the paper-making process. This workshop is open to all levels of experience! Supplies needed for the first session includes 2 wooden frames of the same size (must be flat on one side) OR 2 sets of canvas stretcher bars of the same size; Heavy Duty Stapler & Staples; Wood Glue (if using stretcher bars); Small piece of aluminum window screen (or another sturdy mesh in a pinch); [optional] if creating a large frame- length of steel hardware cloth; and recommended: duct tape, polyurethane or another waterproof wood sealant. Supplies needed for the second session includes Prepared paper pulp, mould & deckle from session 1; Large basin with water (plastic storage bins work well); A length of non-fusible interfacing (can be purchased at Joann’s or another fabric store) or other felts for drying; Sponge; Optional: Acrylic paint, Small flat objects (anything paper, pressed flowers, confetti, etc) to experiment with adding to the paper. This online class requires students to have a computer or tablet, as well as reliable internet access to join the class on Zoom.

About the Instructor

Heather Steckler is a painter, printmaker, and collage artist from New Jersey. She graduated from the Tyler School of Art with a BFA in Painting in 2019. After graduating, she moved to Japan where she discovered the world of at home printmaking while living in her tiny Tokyo apartment. Now back in New Jersey, she spends a lot of her time creating art at home and sharing her passion and process of making with others online. You can learn more about her work on Instagram or tiktok @heathersteckler.


$30 Community / $60 Cost of Workshop / $90 Sponsor

In an effort to keep workshops accessible to as many as possible, while compensating our instructors fairly and covering Soapbox costs, we’re pleased to offer a sliding scale. Our “Cost of Workshop” rate is the real cost of our workshop, and we need most people to register at this rate to run the workshop. For those who are able, please consider selecting the “Sponsor” rate to allow someone who cannot afford the real cost to participate. If you are someone experiencing hardship, please register at the “Community” rate. In evaluating where you fall on the scale, we ask you to consider the difference between sacrifice (making trade-offs in my discretionary spending) vs. hardship (paying full cost for this workshop prevents me from meeting basic needs). For further guidance and information, visit http://www.phillysoapbox.org/sliding-scale/.


August 3
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Soapbox: Community Print Shop & Zine Library