Sue and I have had some backing and forthing that hasn't been helped by the time difference! Sorry that we're a day late getting this to you all...my fault!
Here's the instructions and website links that Sue sent me:
Papercasting, by Sue in OZ
I am not including instructions for wet pulp papercasting as this is somewhat time consuming and requires more tools, time etc. Check the websites below for more instructions on pulp papercasting.
List of items:
Papers can include
Handmade and plant papers
Cotton Linter, watercolor paper
Newspapers ( these tear easily when wet but add text and interest.
Tissue ( needs to have several layers and add starch only on top layer or it will stick to the mold.
any and all types of paper that can be dampened and dried over a mold.(shiny magazine and photo paper does not work well).
Starch ( powdered -mixed to a thin paste or liquid laundry starch.)
Stencil or stiff hog hair brush
Baking spray (optional)
Baby powder ( optional)
Rubber stamps, cookie molds, buttons,old metal brooches or pins,small wheels or shapes, wood carvings,coins,badges, architectural details,tools,metal gratings,leaves, ferns, orange and onion bags,bark,anything that has low relief patterning and will release the paper when it dries.( make sure the mold has no undercuts that will hold the paper and make it tear on release.)
1: Dust deeper molds with baby powder and shake off or Spray the mold with the baking spray to assist in release ( optional).
2: Dampen a sheet of paper and brush over with a thin wash of starch ( mix powdered starch to a creamy paste). ( if you make paper pulp add a teaspoon of starch to the pulp mix.( 1 cup pulp + 1 teaspoon starch).
3: Press paper carefully onto the mold and use a stiff brush to gently encourage the paper to fit to the undulations and shapes in the form.Thin paper tears easily and blotter thickness hides detail on outside but will show good detail in the reverse ( concave).
4: Let dry in the sun or under a fan/hairdryer if you are in a hurry.
5: Lift off the mold and allow to fully dry before attaching to artwork. Some papers stick a little and need to be encouraged to release by using a thin knife blade to lever the paper off the mold. If the casting is a bit out of shape when you release it just encourage it back by dampening just a tiny bit and press it into shape before you glue it onto your work.tear off excess paper from edges,if it doesn’t work first time just begin again.Make it FUN!
Wood and plaster molds release well, plastic and metal can have fine detail but take longer to dry.
Dampen two sheets of paper and place an onion , orange bag or metal /wire grating between them and place a heavy book on top and allow to dry = two textured sheets for one.
Printed tissues or toilet paper added to top layer can add detail and color.
If you want your papercast to be convex not concave you need first to make a mold of the mold and then cast into the concave mold.Plaster or Sculpy make good concave molds.
Lay several or many small items in a tray and place dampened paper over all, when molded tear into smaller pieces for collaging.
Websites with some papercasting fun:
Kevin Dyer papercastings
Paper Arts papercasting
Tear it up Papermaking
Diva Design Studio
( this is an inspiring site for papercasting)