Part 2. How To Apply Paper to the Wooden Frame.

After placing the mulberry paper, covered in glue, onto the frame, take a wide brush with a strong bristle and pummel the paper to the wood. This involves hitting the brush with a firm and repetitive movement to get all the air bubbles out between the paper and the frame.

Pummeling paper with a brush

Pummeling paper with a brush

You need to do this pummeling action on the sides of the frame too, since the paper will have been wrapped around the wooden frame. This way, when the paper dries it will shrink, yet it will not come away from the wooden frame.

Pummeling the paper on the side of the wooden frame

Pummeling the paper on the side of the wooden frame

Finally, when you have satisfactorily pummeled the paper to the wood, take a lighter bristle brush and simply brush over all the paper to smooth out the surface – pummeling may have slightly bunched up the mulberry paper and you want to get it as smooth as possible.

Leave to dry for at least 24 hours in a dry place, and preferably in direct sunlight.

Brushing the paper to smooth it out

Brushing the paper to smooth it out