The Introduction to Hand Papermaking Workshop in my Santa Rosa studio on Feb. 10 was loads of fun. Students learned how to make handmade paper with pulp from blue jeans, abaca (a type of banana leaf) and eucalyptus bark (gathered locally). Students also experimented with embossing, laminating and watermarking their handmade paper sheets.

These photos were taken by my husband Timothy S. Allen ( of the students working in my studio at Studio Santa Rosa, 2740 Wright Road, Studio 107. The students seemed to learn a lot in the one-day workshop and had very creative ideas for using handmade paper.

I also received some photos taken by one of the students of her experiments after her handmade paper had dried a bit. These photos are by Nora Fanshel and show some of her work made during the one-day workshop on Saturday after she did some other things like painting and mixed media on her handmade paper.

I will be teaching other workshops in my Santa Rosa studio. The next workshop is Saturday Feb. 24, “Exotic Fibers for Hand Papermaking”, and will include the Japanese technique for hand papermaking. This class is already full, but please contact me for information about future workshops at

Thanks to all who joined the workshop Saturday, and I look forward to seeing more of your handmade paper artworks.