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Re: sizing handmade paper

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Brenda Bain (brenda_b)
Sun, 28 Jun 1998 18:34:45 -0400

>I will be teaching a bookmaking class in the fall that will include making
>paper (for the pages) and mableizing handmade paper (for the cover). I know
>of a variety of methods of sizing already.
>I have used:
>1) Liquid starch in the vat
>2) Wall paper paste in the vat
>3) Brushing dry paper with gelatin
>4) Ironing wax paper or clear crayon rubbings on dry handmade paper.


Try methyl cellulose (not sure on the spelling). It comes in a powder form
and is sold by the pound. One pound goes a really long way. Mix a few
tablespoon in a cup or 2 of cold water. I use a magarine tub that will
seal air tight and place in the refrigerator (it will keep a very long
time). It will take a while to mix so leave it over night and the next day
work out any lumps and add water untill it is a watery gel. This is clear
and works great as a glue for collage. Put from 1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup in
the pulp vat. This is acid free and doesn't yellow or break down. E-mail
me if you need more specifics.


Brenda Bain
Art Teacher
St. John Elementary, Quincy, FL
Doctoral Student, Art Ed., FSU