Fruit and Vegetable Paper

Carrot Paper

Carrot Paper

Warren, Connecticut. I’ve been collecting handmade paper for many years now and recently I found some amazing paper made out of cross sections of thinly sliced vegetables and fruit. This is very thin and translucent paper with the consistency of parchment and I’m totally in love with the patterns and colors it makes when pressed in this form.

I hung it so as to back light it with natural light from a skylight although if I had a light table that would have worked too.

Carrot Paper

Carrot Paper Closeup

Kiwi Paper

Kiwi Paper

Kiwi Paper

Kiwi Paper Closeup

Orange Paper

Orange Paper

Orange Paper

Orange Paper

43 thoughts on “Fruit and Vegetable Paper

  1. Gary

    Wow, paper made anew by your excellent photographs, Richard. The colors and patterns are great, and beautifully textured.

  2. Richard Post author

    Gary: yeah, as you know I’m a sucker for color and pattern so had to both have this stuff and photograph it. I’ve had it a month and it’s been burning a hole in my lens waiting to be photographed.

    David, it’s more like parchment or papyrus but since those are older and cruder forms of paper, I used the word paper. In the fine art paper world, paper isn’t thought of as something one draws on, it’s also thought of as an end in itself. So, I doubt the makers of this paper thought of it competing in the stationery world, more like the world of hand-made flat artforms.

  3. Scott James

    Richard, These are fantastic photos of an extremely interesting collection. I am stunned by the detail. How did anyone think this process up? Love it.

  4. Maj

    Hi Richard, where did you find this paper, is there a website? I am a maker of vegetable paper myself, and what you have found here are really some fine, thin speciments!

  5. Richard Post author

    Scott, it’s an old process. Do a bit of research on hand-made paper and you’ll see amazing things people have done over the years.

    Leave it to artists, they’ve got brains that are way outside the box.

  6. The Girl

    I really really love these. When I was in Asia I saw handmade paper being made everywhere in small villages. It’s such a neat art and so beautiful. My problem is I never know what to do with it. People sell it as wrapping paper, but I think that it’s horrible to destroy it be tearing open a package. I guess you could frame it or keep it in a box, but it’s a shame that something so pretty isn’t on display.

  7. Manish

    This is really great stuff. I’ll have to see whether they are doing similar stuff in India with tropical fruit, or, with vegetables. Very beautiful.

  8. Richard Post author

    Thanks Manish. Yes, I’d be interested to hear about any local examples of this in India or elsewhere you travel. If you think of it, bring me back some, I’ll be grateful.

  9. Suraj

    Dear sir/madam,
    We are manufacturer of hand made paper and its products. Our paper is 100% cotton paper and acid free paper. We generally supply cotton paper, silk paper, banana paper, moon rock paper etc.

    You may let us know your requirement and may visit our website: http://www.indiahandmadepaper.com
    email: omsuraj88@gmail.com

    Awaiting for your kind respond.

    Thanks & regards

    Suraj Choudhary

  10. Devon

    Richard, could this paper be used as wallpaper? I’ve been looking at it online but can’t decide if the translucent quality would be lost if you attached it to the walls….perhaps it would make a better lampshade.

  11. Richard Post author

    Suraj: Thanks for the link to your site. Your products look wonderful.

    Devon: It’s quite expensive so I doubt you’d want to use it as wallpaper. Maybe desktop computer wallpaper but that’s about it. ;)

  12. Stacey

    i am a huge fan of making my own paper. i would love to try and do something along the lines of fruit paper. if you know of any sites or places that would help me on my quest to learn how it would be fantastic

  13. kayla heimowitz

    i think that you should look up how this paper was made and add it into your website. its really interesting!
    i would love to try to make this paper!

  14. Richard

    Wonderful photographs of an unique and very special subject. There’s a tremendous amount of creativity going on around here and I hope it’s catching.

  15. Richard Post author

    Richard: if the creativity observation was aimed at me, thank you very much.

    Each time I visit LA I visit the paper store that carries this fascinating paper to see if they have new types. It’s such a treat to see them and all of the other hand-made paper in the store. I’m thinking less about what to do with it, more about photographing it.

  16. Richard Post author

    Cut a carrot into thin slices, lay it out as shown, press and dry it as shown. That’s what I’d think, anyway.

  17. Jaqueline

    I love the photos! This gives me a great idea of how to photo mine that are not framed. For those who were wondering this is how you do it.

    To make vegetable paper you first cut it into very very thin slices as thin as you can. Then for best results blanch the slices for just about 30 seconds. Arrange them as you like then press them between cotton sheets changing them often so that it never stays wet. If it does it can mold very easily. Keep dong this for about 3-4 days until the cloth no longer feels cool or wet. You have Veggie paper!

  18. joan

    Very cool stuff. I stumbled upon your site while looking for kiwi embroidery paper which i eventually found at http://www.kiwipaperstore.com. But I had to come back here to give you stuff a second look. I never knew this type of paper existed, just fascinating, thanks for sharing.

  19. Spencer Marte

    Hi all, I work with a paper and book artist in Philadelphia. We make paper out of any vegetable, fruit, flowers and herbs. There is an array of other neet things we make with the vegetable paper as well. From wallpaper, Japanese Soshi screens to specimen books of different mixes of fruit and veggie handmade papyrus paper. We are stating a website so anyone interested can order their favorites. For any information email me at spencemaray@yahoo.com, until the website is up.

  20. toyin

    nice papers actually im a student and working on vegetables and paper making could you like give me some info on thes cos i have a seminar presentation in january at the university of ilorin nigeria lookoing forward to your response. thanks in anticipation

  21. John

    This paper can be made easily at home with no special materials. you must cut the vegetables thinly but not too thinly as they will get thinner when the water is pressed out of them. You must soak the vegetables in water for a few days. They will ferment which smells bad but is necessary to break down the sugars and starches in the vegetables. You can change the water every 12 hours to cut down on the odor. After the vegetables have been soaked for three days arrange the vegetable slices in an overlapping pattern to form a sheet. Arrange them on a piece of fabric. Use another piece of fabric to sandwich the vegetables. Use newspapers on either side of the fabric to absorb the water. I use a piece of plywood on top that I weight down with anything heavy. The Idea is to press the water out of the vegetables. The newspaper must be changed frequently or the paper will get moldy. It takes a few days to press out the water but you will have a beautiful sheet in the end.

  22. Richard Post author

    Thanks for that John. So, the slices of vegetable attach to one another in this process? I thought that there must be some mild to extreme pressure involved but it sounds like modest pressure does it.

    Have you photographed your own vegetable paper? I’d love to see it.

  23. John

    yes the vegetables bond together with a little pressure. I have never tried the fruit though. I have not photographed mine. Beets are beautiful though and the keep their color.

  24. kathy

    Hi,
    I’m looking for some cool paper like this to hang in my big windows. I need to find lengths of about 70″ though, any idea where I can find something similar to this awesome stuff in that large a format?
    thanks!
    -Kathy.

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