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Paste-papers and clay-coated facsimile

Peter Verheyen stated that he wets out the paper prior to applying the
mixture of acrylics and paste (or methyl cellulose). The following may be of
interest to anyone who needs to replace a sheet of clay-coated paper found in
old books.

I needed a chocolate brown clay-coated paper for the restoration of a book
about Abraham Lincoln. The right shade of brown was not available from any of
our sources. (Of coarse, there are Panatone papers, but the name is printed
on the reverse.)
I decided to make a sheet using techniques similar to those shared about
paste papers. The results were OK, but the color was not uniform like the
original. To obtain a more uniform coating, the trick was to WET the paper
(Mohawk Superfine) and then brush on the thinned acrylics and methyl
There was also a side benefit to the wetting technique. Since the color was
brown and it soaked through the paper in an irregular manner, the reverse was
modeled and stained. It was a perfect match for that old book.

Bill Minter
William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.
4364 Woodbury Pike
Woodbury, PA   16695
fax 814-793-4045

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