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There are several good papermaking books that have pictures.
I hope this helps? Thanks for asking.
Hi, your idea has intrigued me but I am afraid I am a bit ignorant to couching.
What is it ? Are you printmaking off of the plasticine is the color from the
different colors of the plasticine, does it pick up the texture you carved in
I agree with Lee, pictures would really help this one.
> I have students make shapes from plasticene and put them onto
> pieces of cardboard in the design they want. They then couch a piece
> of paper separately onto a handiwipe. From there, you pick up the
> couched paper on the handiwipe -
> (you can pick it up and move it around without tearing or
> destorying the paper unless there's too much water in it_ - and place
> it over the plasticene. I use cardboard pieces for the backing because
> I don't have access to plexiglas, but plexiglas is really the best.
> It leaves an amazingly smooth surface texture around the shape
> that cannot be achieved from any other material...When I was in the
> states I could get plexiglas scraps free or very cheap from plastics
> You sponge the paper over the shape from the back of the handiwipe.
> Then as you lift up the handiwipe, help peel the paper off from the
> handiwipe, leaving the paper over the form. I then use my fingers to
> more firmly press into the details of the plasticene from what the sponge
> didn't do. You have to keep in mind that the paper has to be thick if
> the forms of the plasticene are 1/2 inch high or more. You can do the
> multicolor process first and then couch over the plasticene. It's
> also very effective to add bits of flowers etc. into the pulp on the
> screen before it is couched, so that the final piece is a relief form
> with lots of interesting surface textures/colors/shapes.
> I have also squeezed out blobs of colored pulp and placed them over
> the plasticene directly, making paper without a frame, using the
> handiwipe and sponge over the top to squeeze out excess water. The
> plasticene can be reused and is a good use for mixed up colors of
> plasticene that get ugly from too much color mixing/use. The
> handiwipes are very useful because
> they can be thrown in the washing machine and cleaned up for next
> use. They last quite a long time and are well worth the expense. I
> have the students put a piece of masking tape on the handiwipe with
> their name on it which helps later for easy identification. If you
> are removing paper from the handiwipe when its dry, you can put the
> tape on the back of the paper and sort by class. The tape
> will pull up bits from handiwipe over time if it is left on there too
> long and not removed afterwards, however. In this part of the world
> they are called "J" cloths.
> Does that help?
> Thanks for asking!
> From: Maahmaah <Maahmaah>
> Date: Tue, 5 May 1998 18:53:46 EDT
> To: ttipton.tz
> Subject: Re: Mother's day projects
> In a message dated 98-05-05 14:19:05 EDT, you write:
> << I have also been using shapes made from plasticene to
> create relief forms, and the hand can also be made from plasticene
> with the paper couched over it with either the one or two color
> process. Actually, today, I had some fourth graders do this method
> with three colors. Way cool! >>
> Hi, Teresa,
> Great ideas! Can you please explain more of the process of how you use the
> plasticene? I can't quite visualize what you are saying, and it sounds too
> interesting to pass up. Too bad you can't e-mail pictures: )