Pulp painting is a process that uses colored plant pulp as a painting medium. I apply the pulp to a freshly formed sheet of paper in various ways, using a spray bottle, squirt bottle, or even tweezers. I control the pulp with hand-cut stencils, my fingers, or even by blowing on it. My artwork is made from various plant materials, including local plants such as daylily, iris, or corn. I cook down this material to beat into an archival and acid-free pulp. I also make paper from recycled fabrics such as denim and linen.
As a papermaker, I am fascinated by the ability of pulp to represent both living creatures and inanimate objects, which is why I choose to paint birds as well as architectural imagery. Other subjects include music, myth and nautical imagery.
I also create artist books.
Artist Don Widmer guides the viewer through this unique process of creating imagery within the fiber of handmade paper, called pulp painting.