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For those interested in learning about making paper from plants I've include links to my favorite books on the subject.

The Papermaker's Companion

Great reference book to learn the basics on papermaking.


Papermaking with Garden Plants and Common Weeds

THE reference book to learn the art of making paper from plant fiber.


The Art of Papermaking with Plants

Another reference book on using plants for papermaking

Papermaking: The History and Technique of an Ancient Craft

A book on the complete history of papermaking.


The Classic Paper Making Kit by Wooden Deckle

Papermaking deckle & mold in the perfect size of 5" x 7" for hand papermaking

About the Artist


Jeff Hansen with freshly made paper

With over 40 years of living in and exploring the Great Plains, Jeff Hansen of Topeka, KS has gained much knowledge of its flora. As a gardener, botanist, and naturalist he has immersed himself in the plants of the Great Plains. He has learned the many uses of our native flora - from more aesthetic uses such as gardening and landscaping to more utilitarian uses such as foods, medicinals, cordage, and paper making.


Jeff began making paper using recycled junk mail. Next he expanded the practice using plant fiber. The first plant he used was iris leaves from his garden. Years later he was re-introduced to making paper from various native plants by artist Betsy Roe. He began experimenting with various native plants. The results of his experimentation are some incredible plant fiber papers. The natural colors and textures make for an interesting variety of papers.

Jeff decided to start marketing the paper to the public and his works can be purchased at the Lawrence, KS farmers market and the Tallgrass National Preserve in Strong City, KS.

Besides making paper from native plants, Jeff also has a native plant nursery, does landscape design, and leads wildflower walks.


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