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 Paint, Paste and Cut

Paint, Paste and Cut

I painted dozens of paste papers this weekend.

I've been wanting to try them ever since I watched To Spring From the Hand, the documentary about Paulus Behrensohn. He taught journal-making classes at Penland School of the Arts, and he painted the most luscious paste papers for the covers. 

I made traditional combed designs, stenciled polka dots, stripes and scribbles. My colors came out muted, no matter how much pigment I added. But I'm still pleased with the results.

I painted on plain white paper and old gelli prints. The paste pulled the base coat of acrylic right off the page, which created some interesting, if unintentional, effects. 

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BluePastePaperWithOrangeStripes
SlateBlueScribblePastePaper

I took a few videos of myself making the papers, and was planning to include one in today's post. But my computer tells me that it will take another five hours for the video file to transfer from my iPhone to my laptop. So these photos will have to suffice. 

If I get a chance next week, I'll use these papers in a Mark Hearld-inspired collage. Or, let's be honest, maybe I'll just make more. Because painting paste papers, I've discovered, is addictive.

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