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Paste Paper Gift Wrap workshop at SPA

Yesterday I taught a paste paper workshop at Studio Place Arts and it was wonderful! I had a hard-working group of 9 women, crowded around tables and cranking out vibrant papers.

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I started by giving a little spiel about paste paper, including the history of the stuff (the technique has been used for over 450 years). Someone in the workshop mentioned that she had heard a story about the development of paste paper. The gist of it was that it came out of a fight between bookbinders and marblers. If you know anything about this story, I’d love to hear more about it.

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The women in the workshop really dove right in without fear. I love being witness to this type of work.

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The floor of the room was quickly covered with painted sheets of paper. Here’s the math: 9 women x 13 sheets of paper each = a room smothered in paper. After a while, it was challenging to get from one side of the room to the other. Floor space was precious.

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The papers had to stay at SPA overnight to dry, so folks couldn’t bring their papers home that night. That meant that after the workshop was over, I got to walk around the room and drool over the papers. Droool….

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People are going to get some fabulously wrapped presents this year!

2 Responses to “Paste Paper Gift Wrap workshop at SPA”

By Ellen - 11 November 2014 Reply

What fun! And, yes, how those papers multiply! I think the hardest thing about organizing a paste painting class is figuring out what to do with the drying papers! I’m sure they all had a great day.

By Elissa - 12 November 2014 Reply

Ellen –

It was a lot of fun. If the class hadn’t been so full, I probably would have made some sheets myself.

Elissa

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