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03-09-2006, 06:00 PM
Hi everyone,
I know I have been slack in being in touch. I did a 'summer semester' university subject in 'textiles & fashion' and it was fabulous. But intensive! Now I am back at university for real . I am in 3rd year & can do what I like so I will be doing plenty of mixed media you can bet.

Well Matisse Derivan, my brand of choice for acrylic paints mediums and especially the inks, will be available in tthe USA very shortly via http://www.jerrysartarama.com/ so you can all try them now!

We made paste papers one Saturday in the middle of my intensive course - a mistake - I didn't have the time - but it was pre-arranged. But they are FABULOUS. Has anyone else tried?

Mary Woodul
03-09-2006, 08:48 PM
Wendy we will be looking forward to seeing your work and expecting you to post all of your Mixed Media.

Sounds like you having great time. I don't think I have heard of paste paper.

Thank you for the link!

Rose Queen
03-09-2006, 09:03 PM
Oh, Mary, paste-paper is sooooooooooooo much fun! I just use big ledger sized pieces of substantial (i.e., can stand up to wet!) paper, mix up acrylic paints with methylcellulose glue -- hence the term "paste paper" -- , maybe toss in some iridescent powders, swirl 'em all over the paper, then rake the paper with my fingernails, an empty ballpoint pen, or tools made for faux finishing, and let 'em dry. You can also make your own design tools by notching stiff cardboard or plastic -- anything is potentially a tool! Once the papers dry, you can do a second layer of paints, revealing the first layer when you run your fingernail or a faux finishing tool over the second layer. And then, on to the third layer!

This isn't the best photo, but I used some paste-papers I made to line this book shell:

Here's a cool link that might make the process clearer: http://www.intersurf.com/~redstic/Paper/Paste.htm

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03-09-2006, 09:08 PM
I haven't done any pix of my paste papers yet, but they're fantastic. You make up a paste from .....well cornflour, or wheat flour, or ordinary flour - or wallpaper paste, and add acrylic


This book is excellent

I also have some how-to PDF files that I've loaded down from various sites, if anyone wants them.

Fabulous for book arts - collage -whatever and FUN!

03-09-2006, 09:10 PM
Hi Rose Queen,
Did I see you pop up on the book arts list?

Rose Queen
03-09-2006, 09:13 PM
Hi Rose Queen,
Did I see you pop up on the book arts list?
I wouldn't be a bit surprised...I think I'm on all of them! :lol:

Here's another cool link showing how to make paste papers with cornstarch, instead of methylcellulose glue, which can be tough to come by: http://mystudio3d.tripod.com/PastePaper.htm

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Mary Woodul
03-09-2006, 09:42 PM
Diana, that is gorgeous looking and does look like something I want to try. Thank you!

Wendy, I really want to get my hands into this technique. Thank you for those links. They are awesome!!!

03-10-2006, 01:14 PM
Hi Wendy, Yes paste-papers are somewhat addictive, aren't they? I use both the home-made variety and wallpaper paste, often colouring with acrylic ink and sometimes toning the base paper first with a couple of acrylic colours. Paste coloured with irridescent or metallic paints also look good over the top.

Another site of interest, primarily for calligraphy, but it does show some gorgeous paste-grain examples: cecilia-letteringart.com

I use them for collage, handmade books* and decorating papier mache.
* See my recent thread - Birthday Book/Card

03-10-2006, 05:21 PM
The day we made the paste papers we were thrilled with our first results. However, as we got better at it throughout the day, we revisited our earlier ones and put layers on them. My favourites were the ones where you do two sheets and put them face down and then prise them apart. Also I did one of watercolour paper that I wet & dropped inks onto. Then I let it dry and put Paynes Grey paste on it. I will try to get time to scan today.

03-10-2006, 05:33 PM
By the way the paste paper book I recommended is great. A friend lent it to me and we all decided we had to buy it. It costs $55 here in Australia, but we got 3 copies from one of the amazon.com merchants for absolute peanuts. It ended up being $67.30 Australian for the three, about half of which was postage.

03-16-2006, 07:14 AM
Hmmm........after reading your post and another.........I am so itching to try doing paste paper!

03-16-2006, 06:14 PM
Hi Stella,
You will have great fun when you try. We just loved it & itching to make time to do it again. As you see we got pretty good results from just one day of learning how.