poured pigmented pulps
My love of paper started with my early photography years. I loved texture and loved controling the paper texture of my photographic prints. I learned proper techniques in Boston, with an arts grant, at a small but well known paper supply and teaching business. Later on I came across PULP PAINTING, a technique where I colored the pulps and poured them in many layers on screens. The screens catch the pulps and where dry you peel the sheet off of the screen and you have a pulp painting. I loved it right away and got myself some new paper supplies, always being careful to make quality and archival work. I work with mainly a cotton base, and use true pigments, for the papermaking process, some luster, with many of my pieces having a wonderful sparkle. This is an ancient technique. Over the years I have developed my own style and techniques, I love marking the papers and many are very thick pieces. Over the next year I hope to introduce some new paper artisan work, paper is so versatile!
Historical and Cultural Background Paper pulp painting is an ancient form of craft and it derived from various forms of artworks from all over the world. From the eastern part of the globe to the western part, diverse cultures have been utilizing varied forms of pulp painting for centuries. An example of a form of pulp painting is through the utilization of fiber called “Felting” (Dick Blick, 2009). Felting is an ancient fiber craft and it consists of bonding and shrinking the fibers of wool or wool yarn together into a dense cloth. This transformation is done be using heat, agitation such as tearing and rubbing the fibers and moisture. Other cultures around the world uses techniques similar to this including Korea where it is called “joomchi” (Dick Blick, 2009). “Joomchi” is a traditional papermaking technique that uses water and agitations such as tearing and rubbing to cause rice paper fibers to shrink and bond with one another. Thus, it can be used for sculpting and forming thick, textural artworks and surfaces. In the western art world, a technique similar to the one mentioned above is utilized as well and it is called “pulp painting” (Dick Blick, 2009). “Pulp painting” is a paper art technique that involves the process of creating pulp by combining non-bleeding tissue paper with water. It is then torn so that the paper fibers separate, absorbs the water, and make a rough pulp. It is then pressed onto an absorbent surface so that the fibers can rebond with one another and then form a thicker, stronger paper when dry (Dick Blick, 2009). Children’s Artistic Developm