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Re: Pulled paste papers with yarn/string

I admit right up front that I'm not familiar with the pulled string
technique as applied to paste paper, but the description reminds me of
an art activity taught to me as a little kid in school. Paper was
covered with paint--probably tempera or fingerpaint (what IS
fingerpaint, anyway?), given the venue--and then draped with loops of
string. Then the paper was folded in half and pressed together, while
the string was dragged out by one end. When the paper was unfolded, the
dragged string had left a decorative swirled effect that could be quite

I wonder if this is what the requestor had in mind, and not just string
used as a  motionless element in paste papering. If so, it would seem
that using a paste with a creamy consistency (like fingerpaint) might
allow this swirly, swept look to happen. Of course, pulling the paper
apart will add a smoochy, stucco effect too. Best results would probably
occur with a fairly thin coat of paste so you get less stucco and more
swirl.  But hey, don't take my word for it. Experiment!

Betty Steckman

        - - - - - - - - -
>     In my experience, the reason for putting in a string is so that
> the
> papers don't completely stick together and create the kind of suction
> which
> would not allow you to pull them apart. It is not intended as a
> decorative
> agent, but a means of allowing the "pull" to occur. The design itself
> occurs
> from the bilateral touching of the two sides of the paper.
>     I've often made pulled paste papers using a glass sheet underneath
> and
> then turning the paper over onto the glass and re-lifting the sheet.
> Or have
> made a decorative design, folded my paper in half and then folded it
> onto
> itself, rubbed down lightly and then pulled the two halves apart.
>     If your publisher needs examples of these, I would be happy to
> provide
> them.
> Good luck!
> Paula Marie Gourley
> Lilyhouse Studio & Bookbindery

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