The Shop Floor Project invited one of their makers and collaborators, Lisa Sander, to take us through the art of Paste Paper making; an easy and satisfying craft, perfect for transforming your gift wrapping into something special, making into decorations or even treating it like wallpaper and lining an old cupboard.
A very quick history on Paste Papers: Paste papers have been used since the 16th century as decorative endpapers and cover papers for bookbinding. They are produced by pressing or sliding objects into a wet paste and paint mixture that has been spread on paper. The patterns are ingeniously and simply made by removing the paste paint.
Step by step instructions & tips:
You will need:
Paper (a roll of lining paper is really useful, but any slightly thick paper is fine)
Wallpaper paste and water (mixed according to instructions on the pack)
Tools to incise a pattern with (your fingers, combs, bottom ends of brushes, rulers etc.)