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.


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.


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



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.



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….


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.


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