Calligraphy: A Scribe's Notes Art Blog
Paste Paper is a wonderful way to decorate paper surfaces for many uses. Originally developed by bookbinders for finished end sheets, and soft covers, paste paper is also used in artists books, calligraphy, paper weaving, paper quilting and a host of other paper arts. I was fortunate enough to spend a day making Paste Paper with five other paper artists. We found a great workspace that was big enough for all of us to have elbow room and set the papers aside to dry. Since the process is material intensive it's easier for us to pool our resources, make one big batch of paste and work together. It's so much more inspiring as well to work with other artists, each of whom had a completely different approach and end use. The process varies from artist to artist but I use a cooked flour paste, to which I add one, or a combination of, dry pigment, acrylic paint, metallic powders and dyes. We had methyl cellulose on hand as well because some people prefer that over flour paste. These colors are then applied to a wet, but not soaking, paper and the fun begins. I use sponges, combs, foam stamps and anything else I can make a mark with to manipulate, blend, scrape and layer the colors. Everyone works differently, with different color palettes and tools so the end result is infinitely varied. !IMAGE241!This piece was hanging on the line to dry when the sun came around a lit it from behind, intensifying the color. Some times I make a sheet that looks so good I don't want to cut it up. Even papers that come out "badly" are use-able, there are some "great square inches in art"if you are willing to look.