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Today’s paste paper workshop with Jacqueline Sullivan was full of lots of sloppy fun. When I arrived at my table, I found an awesome handout that included paste paper recipes, suggestions for paste paper tools, and directions for the tacket bound album that we made later in the day.
Jacqueline started the workshop by giving us some basic tips on making paste papers:
Next, she talked about colorants:
Then came the demos – yay!
Jacqueline talked about using polymer medium gloss as a resist – it’s like a blank paint. You can make marks with the medium and then let it dry.
She recommended that when we started off making our papers, we should stay within one quadrant of the color wheel. I decided to go with reds, oranges, yellows, and golds.
Making paste paper is pretty straightforward. Dampen your paper with a sponge, smear paste on the paper, use tools to make marks. If you’re a slob, clean your work area. Repeat.
Jacqueline told us that to make a good mark you had to stand up and move your body. The lazy person in me objected to this, but I told that me to shut up and do it because that’s why I came here. We even did some stretches before working to loosen up our bodies. Lazy me complained, even though the stretches felt good.
We used water soluble pastels as a way to add marks to our papers. We were advised to stay in an analogous color scheme because the powdered pastels would smear and not be resistant to the paste. More expensive pastels have more pigment in them. After smearing the marks with water, we added the paste on top of them. The result was subtle.
Next, we used oil pastels to make marks. These acted as a resist to the paste and did not smear. Jacqueline told us that using oil pastels was a way to add colors on the opposite end of the color wheel without them getting muddy. She also said that they were great for adding words to your paper. I loved loved loved using the white pastel on my paste papers.
Then it was lunch time and I was sad because all I wanted to do was make more paper. Sad.
After lunch, we used our papers to make a tacket bound album. We used 21 lengths of thread to bind it.
I love how my book turned out. There are infinite possibilities for what you can do with the loose threads. I’ll have to figure that out when I get home.
More tips from Jacqueline:
And the quote of the day:
Don’t measure unless you have to.
LOVE that one.