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New artist’s book!

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The cover was made with paste paper I created:

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These are the pages before being sewn together into a book:

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Paste paper

Recently a wonderful artist, Susan Johnson, whose studio is near mine, taught me how to make paste paper.  This process, developed by bookbinders over 400 years ago , uses pigmented starch paste to make decorative paper.  We used Elmer’s Art Paste, acrylic paints, and drawing paper. It’s a lot of fun and makes you feel like you’re 7 years old again!  These make great covers and endpapers for handmade books, and are also wonderful for collage, wrapping paper, etc.   Can’t wait to make more!

There are lots of instructions to be found online.  Here is one link:  Cornell Book Arts

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