Make no mistake about it, making Japanese style paper is hard. Nice article on Tim Barrett.
Nothing but a wet sheen was left on the mold. I thought that the process had, for some reason, failed to produce paper. But soon, from a corner of the frame, Barrett peeled off a pale yellow sheet, which resembled a large damp handkerchief. “People are always surprised when they see it for the first time,” he told me afterward. “It’s as though it comes out of nowhere.”
I think a ‘damp handkerchief’ is being generous. A ‘wet tissue’ would be more like it. Western style paper is a lot easier to make but both have their allure I suppose. Papermaking is so different both in process and material than what I do, but I love doing it none the less.