Paste Papers by Marie Kelzer and Recipe
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The technique of surface painting onto paper with an acrylic paste mixture was given the name “paste papers” and are used in the binding of books for both cover papers and end papers, as early as the 16th century. Paste papers have resurgences from time to time and are popular again.
Marie Kelzer's Paste Papers and ArtWorks are created by hand painting onto paper with an acrylic paint and methyl cellulose paste mixture. The surface decoration is created using brushes, tools and household gadgets over the paint mixture. The designs are created by manipulating the surface, layering patterns, pulling one paper over another and using tools to form the patterns in the paint mixture. She uses tools, her hands, stamps, pastry rollers and combs that she purchased from kitchen and hardware stores as well as estate and garage sales. For a look at samplings from Paste Papers she has created see Paste Paper Gallery and ArtWorks on this page.
For PASTE PAPER RECIPE see column to your right or scroll down.
The designs created from 2000-2015 have been compiled into Paste Paper Patterns.
8 volumes of 50 papers each.
Limited Edition Books for sale.
To purchase go to Paste Paper Store.
Inspiration for the designs come from a love of repeated patterns in nature, woven materials and patchwork quilts. The dimensional layered patterns emote the feelings of tranquility and wonderment.
ARTWORKS - MATTED/FRAMED
ArtWorks are paste paper designs in collage form or full painted design. Each ArtWork is an original piece of art, matted and suitable for framing.
Hand painted and created by Marie Kelzer.
For full catalog of ArtWorks and Price Contact Marie
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PASTE PAPER RECIPES
1. For a quick and easy methyl cellulose paste use Elmer's Art Paste available at Art and Hardware stores. Comes in a 2 oz. package.
Mix 2 oz. contents into 1 gal. (3.8 liters) Cold water and stir for 2 minutes. Wait 15 minutes and it is ready to use. See process below.
2. This paste paper recipe is a standard recipe. Many variations can be found on the internet or in books and other publications.
To create a design, you need paper, paste, paints, brushes and any number of tools, gadgets or stamps. Even though I use minimal tools the patterns that result are endless.
While paste papers are generally associated with wheat, rice or flour paste I prefer methyl cellulose paste. Methyl cellulose is a synthetic-cellulose based sizing. It comes in granular form to be dissolved in cold water. It is also known as “wallpaper paste” and can be bought as such but I recommend archival methyl cellulose. The effect is a flat 3 dimensional design. For a more textured design use a wheat, rice, flour or corn paste. The following recipe utilizes methyl cellulose paste:
Add 1/4 cup methyl cellulose**** to 6 cups cold water. Stir with a wire whisk and let stand 20 minutes. Then add 4 cups cold water and stir vigorously. Continue stirring on and off over the next few hours. Let sit overnight. The mixture should be heavy cream.
When ready to use, pour methyl cellulose into a plastic cup and add acrylic paint. Approximately 2 tablespoons paint to 1 cup methyl cellulose. Not too thin and not too goopy, but thoroughly mixed. The end product can be stored for months.
****Not all methyl has the same viscosity. If less than 4000 add less water.
3. Using ethyl Methyl hydroxyethyl Cellulose paste with a viscosity of 7855 in 1% water.
Add ⅛ cup (2 Tbls.) powder to 2 cups cold water. Stir with a wire whisk and let stand until thickens into a gel. This may take 8 hours or more. Continue to stir periodically while adding 10-12 more cups water (2-4 cups at a time). If lumps are present let sit some more until lumps are totally dissolved. This may take a total time up to 24 hours. The mixture yields 12-14 cups. When fully dissolved mix with paints and follow process below.
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Mix up the methyl cellulose paste as directed. Add 2 tablespoons acrylic paint to approximately 1 cup paste.
Choose a paper. Almost any paper will do. Different papers create very different effects. Use good quality printing paper, Mohawk Superfine text or Neenah Classic Crest. Place the paper on a flat surface. A table with a shellac finish allows easy clean up with a sponge.
Using a foam brush or sponge, pre-wet the paper with water or a base color to relax it. Spread the paste/paint mixture on the paper with a foam, soft brush or sponge. Spread additional layers over a base layer to make patterns or use your fingers, different sizes of combs, kitchen/hardware tools, stamps or a brayer with designs cut into it or string wrapped around it. Splatter on paint mixture and make pulled papers with two papers or a single paper folded over onto itself, patterned papers with a distinct repeated design or freestyle papers.
If you like a pattern you have made keep a notebook of the colors used and specific tools and steps used to achieve the pattern. For design ideas, visit the library, bookstore or the internet for bookbinding, paper decorating or design topics.
Dry paper on a drying rack or lay over newspaper or kraft paper spread on the floor. When dry, to flatten, place paste paper sheets between masonite boards with a weight on top.
To protect the paste paper surface from abrasion spray with an acrylic spray or brush with a gloss medium.