Today it is all about making Paste Paper, showing you some results, and giving you the info about how to make them. A while ago I wrote an article for a zine about making paste papers – how to make them, tips and tricks. Now it is here on my new Resources Page for my blog readers to load down and use. Please give me acknowledgement if you share it. This first photo is a close-up of one of the ones done late in the day to use up colours. This pulled one, in fact, was one layer, just folded in half, pressed down and seperated again. You can do large sheets like this, but you really need two sets of hands to hold the four corners of the sheet. It is nice to do a pair of sheets for each person, as it is good to have a co-ordinated thing happening.
For the ‘pulled’ paste papers, you really need home-made paste. For others, commercially available paste such as Matisse Print Paste works well. I use it when I teach workshops. But it doesn’t work to make these lovely mossy marks when you pull the sheets apart.
The first thing I say in my article is that even your worst paste papers look good when they are put to use. Here’s a fairly bad one. The colours weren’t working so well, so I put gold over the top. With metallics, you have to put in plenty of paint because they can be quite transparent. In this case I overdid it. It is all trial and error.
This one with blues and greens has some good and some bad. I am taking a’ bad one’ to a friend so she can see for herself how good they can look.
We mixed up a lot of reds, because I wanted the reds, pinks, terra-cotta colours of Italy. The one with the red-to-yellow gradient was made from the left-overs and pressed onto itself and ‘pulled’. I am having trouble with all my devices wanting to turn reds to magenta so I have had to tinker with the colour of the red ones and they are still not perfect.
Some of these I like very much and others……not. But there is a roll of them in my suitacse already. One has been made into a book cover for my own Fabriano sketchbook. Which one do you think I have used?
I haven’t photographed all that we made. There were so many. And two weeks later the paste is still in the fridge and perfectly useable.
Do look at some of the links in my article.
Other people’s paste paper can be very different. Mine is very slapdash, rough and ready, but I am happy with the results. Any questions, I am happy to answer.