• Rose-of-Sharon paper & charcoal

    Rose-of-Sharon paper & charcoal

    Charcoal and paper made from Hibiscus syriacus / rose-of-Sharon foraged in my yard

    The process of stripping the bast fiber for papermaking left me with a whole bunch of beautiful pieces of inner wood (the woody cores of the plant). I immediately thought of making charcoal with it, and finally tried it over the weekend. It’s a bit on the harder side in contrast to something softer like grape vine charcoal. I love the possibilities and potential of a drawing medium and substrate/surface originating from the same source.