Saturday, June 16, 2012

fun with flour or...

results of a paste paper making afternoon!
Flour + corn starch + a few drops of liquid dish detergent + water + acrylic paints = floors covered with drying paste papers and a super happy artist (me)!


9 comments:

  1. Ooh! Lovely wood grain! I'm hoping the dry weather holds as I'll be doing paste papers tomorrow.(The cats have graciously allowed me to use "their" table.)

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  2. These are fabulous! And great wood grain. Anyone can use a wood grainer, but it's not so easy to get it to look varied and seamless. And, as usual, I love your distinctive color sense. Beautiful papers.

    So funny--I was seized by the urge yesterday myself. And Di, let this be a warning to you--my cat Dominic came in the studio and immediately headed for the drying papers before he could be stopped. Multicolored paw prints had not been my intended original designs... but that's what's there now! Such a little angel, that one.

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  3. No wonder you're a happy artist; these papers are beautiful. Your ability to work with subtle colour shines through. Wonderful.
    I look forward to hearing how Di's cats respond to losing their table. It sounds as though paw prints are going to be the next big thing.

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  4. Everyone else has taken the words from my mouth.... such a beautiful subtle colour Anna. I think it's that sense of colour and form that elevates what you make above the ordinary. I've never made 'paste' like this before. I think I need to search for a recipe and give it a go!

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    1. Lesley, thank you for your warm comments; I never follow any recipe, and use whatever in hand in never exact amount proportions, which means any type of flour mixed with water works!

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  5. these are fabulous and I agree - you've made an incredible wood grain. Perfect for your work. And a 'play' day is always what one needs. Curious - I've not heard of putting dish detergent in the mix. What does it do? Thanks for sharing your work. Its happy!

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    1. Thank you Hollis; as for the detergent, once I read that a bit of glycerin or liquid detergent enhances the pliability of the mixture, paste doesn't crack while drying.

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  6. Very sensitive and elegant work. Part of it has something of the art deco geometry in it, but with a contemporary streak.

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  7. I had to check to see if I had told you before how much I like your papers, both the patterns and the colour range. No doubt I'll keep coming back to admire them.

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