Monday, May 28, 2012

Saturday's Papers

I made paste paper for the first time on Saturday.  "Making paste paper" means creating a paste of flour or cornstarch and water, thickening it, adding paint, slathering it on paper, making impressions in the paste, then letting it dry.

I added 1/3 cup unbleached white flour to 2 cups water.  After letting it sit for a few minutes, I slowly brought it to a boil while constantly whisking.  When it was thick like syrup, I turned it off and let it cool.  After cooling, during which time the paste thickens more, I took a Tbsp or two into a small cup, added a small amount of paint (I used acrylics), stirred the paste completely then smeared it on a sheet of paper.  The paper can be prewetted or dry.  Some have better results with wet paper, some with dry.  Then I made impressions in the paste.

Most of these patterns were made with one of those notched spreaders you get at the hardware store.  Although the piece just above was done with a stencil that I laid on the pasted paper and brayered over it, then repositioned it.



The aqua piece is an old paper bag.


On this piece I just made impressions with the spatula as I spread paste on the paper.

This was great fun.  I'll definitely be doing it again.  Will use cornstarch next time, as well as a bit lighter weight paper.

10 comments:

Jeannie said...

Wonderful results, Connie! It looks like a lot of fun - fingerpaints for adults! Hope you are having a beautiful weekend and that it has warmed up a little. xo

Meg in Nelson said...

Like the swirly ones; LOVE the spatula. Very interesting. Can you work similarly on cloth with a spatula, I wonder.

lizet frijters said...

I like them, Connie. It looks like there are a lot of possibilities with it.

Sandy said...

Aren't they fun to make? You have some great ones and lots of variety too. You can also pick up the paint with a damp sponge through a stencil.

Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen) said...

These look great!

Sandra Rude said...

What fun! Those are wonderful textures. Can't wait to see how you use them.

tiedyejudy said...

I'm with Jeannie... first thing I thought of was adult finger paints! I loved finger painting, and this looks even better! Now I'm wondering if I could do it on fabric, only it would need to be very rigid somehow. Awesome stuff, lady!

Wen Redmond said...

I love journaling and the paste papers make great covers and signatures.
May I ask if you used heavier paper and what it was if you did?
Great looking results!

Jan said...

These are marvelous!

frazzledsugarplummum said...

How cool. What fun and great results.