I soak the paper overnight in water. It can also be soak it in very hot water for a few hours.
I perfer overnight soaking because, besides softening the paper it also soaks out some of the ink.
Both ways work and I have use both methods.
After it soaks I use a regular kitchen batter mixer.
I fill the buckets only as full as the mixing blades are long.
This ables me to mix the buttom without putting the mixer itself into the pulp.
I beat the pulp until all the paper breaks down.
I then pour a thin layer on the dickle.
This is not really necessary
I just like giving myself a sort of canvas to work on when I'm pouring the picture.
I then decide how much I'm going to need in each color and add the ink, dye or paint.
In this case I chose to use Indian ink
I always make more of each color than I think I will need.
Just because it a real pain to not have enough and have to stop everything to make more.
I use different types of applicators to apply the layers of pulp.
Such as measuring cups, turkey basters, eye dropper.
I will let this dry for a day and then pull it off the dickel and press it.
I'll post those picture when I get it done
Remember that extra pulp I make so I don't run out.
I drain the water and and let it dry.
If I need it for another project, Just add water.