recycled paper (any kind, really. Newspaper, copy paper, construction, tissue. Just avoid gossy magazine paper. The ink gets everywhere!)
large kitchen mixing bowl
10 gallon bin
Wooden rib (a ceramic tool)
Rubber brush, size 10 (a ceramic tool)
screen (I typically use 8x8 or 8x10)
immersion blender (not totally necessary, but makes life easier)
Blue shop rags
Tear or cut paper into small pieces
Soak in water in a large kitchen mixing bowl at least 10 minutes. This helps break down the paper before you blend it, and helps prevent the blender from getting clogged.
Fill 10 gallon bin with 5 inches of water
Place pre-soaked paper and water in blender and blend until it has created a fine pulp . You shouldn't be able to see any defined pieces of paper.
Pour pulp into bucket.
Squirt in PVA glue, about 1 tps.
Mix pulp, glue and water. This is where the immersion blender comes in handy, but your hand works fine too!
Take the screen with the flat side facing up and push it to the bottom of the bin. It helps to put it in in a scooping motion to get underneath as much pulp as possible.
Pull the screen up through the pulp slowly.
Allow water to drip through, tilting it slightly from side to side to prevent the pulp from collecting in the center.
Press the sponge to the underside of the screen. Absorb and squeeze out as much water as possible.
Lay a blue shop rag on a flat surface.
Place the screen face down on the rag, so the paper is touching the rag.
Use the wooden rip to compress the paper by running it smoothly back and forth across the screen.
Take the paper off the screen. Lift one edge of the screen and blue rag together. With one finger, rub the paper in an arching motion, from the edge, up and toward the center of the paper to try to unstick it from the screen. Once this is done across the whole top edge, you can try to lift the screen off the paper. This process helps to make the paper stick to the shop rag so it can be peeled off the screen without tearing.
Gently press the shop rag down to the flat surface with the thumb and pointer finger. The the other hand, slowly pull the screen up and away. With any luck, the paper will come off in one piece.
If that does not happen, lay the screen back down, and use the rib and rubber brush to press on any seam that has ripped. Try again to pull up the screen.
Leave the paper to dry. Once it is damp but not wet, peel the paper off the shop rag and lay out to dry completely. If you leave it on the rag to dry completely, it may get glued to the rag.
Lay the sheet of paper on a flat, dry surface. I like to use cardstock or sheets of newsprint. Iron the paper on medium heat. If it curls, spray it so it is damp and flip it over before ironing again.