Monday, July 28, 2008

Paste Paper


Just recently I took a class with some of my calligraphy buddies making paste paper. Ever since I discovered this fabulous technique about 10 or so years ago I try to accumulate an assortment of designs to have in my arsenal of fun, unique, one of a kind papers so that any time the inspiration hits I will have lots to choose from.
Some of my most favorite handmade pieces were created using paste paper and one of my favorite artists, Rosie Kelly uses paste paper for almost all her work. I may have even blogged about this topic already. I'll have to check.
For a calligrapher, what's so great about paste paper is being able to write on it in any medium cause there's no need to worry about bleed. It's just takes the lettering so beautifully as well as pastels, colored pencils, etc., etc. I've used it in my mosaic collages, most of my calligraphic books and handmade cards. I also love to paint tyvek. I used tyvek in my "Joyful" mosaic collage piece.
The "The Gal in the Glass" book was created using a combination of paste paper and decorative paper a lot of which I also have. You can say I'm a bit of a paper addict and... proud of it:)

I have so many designs in my head that I would love to create but I'm going to have to be patient because I'm busy right now with lots of calligraphy work. A blessing for sure. I'd like to try some poems I've written and create some books for journaling and also mini books. That's another subject I'd like to get into...journaling. I guess I should start asking the universe to provide for me so that I can just do my creative artwork. I love doing calligraphy but sometimes addressing envelopes is just not very inspiring. I don't want to complain because I'm very fortunate that I get to work at what I love to do. But, like everything else, after doing the same thing for almost 30 years, it becomes a bit mundane. I guess if I was creating every day it would get to be the same and I would want to do something else. I'll just shut up now and say that there's a time and place for everything.

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