Paper Marbling

Last month my friend Deedy and I planned a day of paper marbling. At the last minute, I realized that I didn’t have supplies enough for the methyl cellulose method that I had done before, so Deedy kindly whipped up a bunch of liquid cornstarch, according to the recipe provided on this nice blog: For the Makers.

It was a little thicker (a lot thicker) than I was used to, and my first attempts were pretty interesting, let’s just say.


But I kind of like experimental accidents, so I carried on with some other blobby attempts:



But after a while we figured it out, and I was actually pretty pleased with some of the designs I was able to conjure out of the liquid goo. Some actually sort of look like what marbleized paper is supposed to kind of look like:



And the one I liked the best was this one, where I used the process to come up with something completely else.

marbleized paper



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Paste Papers on Black

Even more paste papers from our paste paper-making session back in March. These were done on Canson Black pastel paper.






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Crumpled Inked Paper

For lack of a better title…

I took a couple of shots of a piece I was working on, because I thought these textures were kind of interesting. The photos make them even stranger.





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More paste papers

Variations on a theme: I made these by swirling a fan brush in various patterns. (I’m not usually trying to get anything really perfect, in case that is not that obvious.)




Blue swirly Paste paper

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Paste Papers

My friend Deedy and I spent the day last weekend making paste papers. Neither of us had ever done it before, but we were pleased with the results and variations we could come up with.

We mixed Reeves gouache and Windsor Newton watercolor with premade Home Depot wallpaper paste and homemade starch paste using these instructions. We tried a bunch of different paper, but for our purposes, actually found that card stock worked the best without soaking it or wetting it down beforehand.

This is a set in one variation, using blue-green paint and a surf wax comb.



paste paper - light blue

paste paper - light blue

paste paper - green

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