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lynn p.

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on: August 04, 2017, 05:42:00 PM
I am so excited to share paper making!!  We watched Alan Flattmann make paper last week and it it is so easy.  He uses FF grit pumice which you can find online or maybe at an old timey hardware store for a few bucks, liquitex gesso (he buys from Jerry's artarama in big jug)--any gesso will work but shouldn't be the super thick kind.  The formula is l cup pumice, 1 cup gesso and 1 cup water.  If you want to tone it he uses a little thin black acrylic and ochre colored acrylic which gives a light grayish tint.  He likes working on neutral surface.  You just paint it on 140 ib watercolor paper (maybe a failed painting) with a 2 in foam brush, using horizontal and then vertical strokes, light touch at the end.  It dries in a few hours.  For smaller works he also applies it to museum rag board. The surface should be 100 percent cotton.  For large works he uses the same formula but on gatorboard.

The thing I just LOVED learning is how to make a drawing board.  He uses gatorboard and glues on a cell foam sheet (these are sometimes found in plumbing supply houses), 1/4 inch thick cut slightly (1/2 in) larger than the gatorboard with any adhesive spray (found at home depot etc).   Lay out newspaper and put down the gatorboard and foam piece.  Spray each one liberally and then carefully stick them together.  After it dries, trim the foam with a utility knife.  It is a dream surface on which to use pastels as it is so soft and a great give.


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Reply #1 on: August 05, 2017, 01:32:46 AM
Wow! How cool is that to make your own pastel papers!  :clap:

I know I can find foam brushes here (sometimes), maybe the rest in Guat. City. Another adventure unfolds!  :heeha:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #2 on: August 06, 2017, 03:14:54 PM
Super,  Thanks for sharing this  with us.  :smitten:


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Reply #3 on: August 10, 2017, 03:35:31 PM
 :thankyou:  so much Lynn for sharing this wonderful information with us.  Much appreciated.

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