Paperwork

by maggie

Maybe this is something i shoud have documented the other week, but i was too busy having fun (making messes). Here is some research and some more thoughts on the process of making pebble paper and what goes into a composition.

You also get a quick peek of the cactus – they have mainly survived the summer. Sorry it’s taken so long to post, but i’ve not really had my word head on the last couple of days. Some discriptions of paper of the papers i’ve been using and their actions when wet and scrunched. I been making all sorts of experiments and i try to keep a record so i can reproduce the effects.

my new studio… sprayed on to dry ikea paper using a mask to get shapes

my new studio…
sprayed on to dry ikea paper using a mask to get shapes

So with a bit more space i’ve been able to be a bit freer with things.

white paper is layout cream the ikea stuff, pink post cards

white paper is layout, cream the ikea stuff, pink post cards (cactus just been repotted hope they’ll survive)

you can see that the different papers fold differently in scale and crispness.

soak post cards, scrunched up large origami paper, big pad and oblong. all these were dump in water rather than sprayed, different papers react individually to being folded

soak post cards, scrunched up large origami paper, big pad and oblong. all these were dump in water rather than sprayed, different papers react individually to being folded

work in progress in the studio. mainly sprayed (i had new sprays) with ink when damp

work in progress in the studio. mainly sprayed (i had new sprays) with ink when damp

my new assistant being helpful

my new assistant being helpful with work in progress, origami paper with polished graphite and collage pieces

Here is a list of some of the papers i’ve used and notes on their qualities: i’ll try and add to them as I go. The weight of the papers used varies by a factor of ten. Also the type of size (if any) applied effects the result of wetting out of the paper.

tissue paper various sources colours and quality

muji origami paper 150 x 150 ? g/m^2
rather delicate printed surface breaks up when folded giving white line takes colour?

a3 layout paper 45 g/m^2
this is the lightest paper that i have used that wont fall apart almost imediatly. it’s nice and strong and crispy and takes colour cleanly

muji note paper ? g/m^2
wash comes through loverly

brown envelopes ? g/m^2

mega pad 150 x150 65/70 g/m^2
this paper must not have much size, it’s very absorbent and colour soaks through creases easily

clairefountain 200 x200 dyed origami paper 80 g/m^2
nice chunky folds

oblong multi medium sketch pad 90 g/m^2
cream paper inoffensive

paperchase specials (orange)? g/m^2
holds together well

canford craft paper 150 g/m^2 (daler-rowney)
a bit butch, folds nicely when damp creases don’t fail

big square pad ? g/m^2 cartridge roll ? g/m^2
blue paint

ikea scrible roll ? g/m^2
this doesn’t have any size and is very delicate when wet. it is very absorbent and inks run when put on wet and can seporate

cold pressed watercolour 200 g/m^2
folded tightly the crease break and easily soak up wash watercolour

post cards 300 g/m^2
soaked before folding, surface broke up – had been ink washed before hand so break showed white, too thick to soak wash through from reverse

 

MER

 

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