Cloud Paper: Reverse Pulp Painting

with Hannah O’Hare Bennett
Sunday, March 26; 10am–4pm CT

Paper is typically made in a sheet by pulling pulp up from a vat of water and pulp (called “slurry”) with a mold and deckle (a papermaking tool which looks like a screen with a frame around it). Pulp painting is made by applying layers of pulp carefully (or not so carefully!) onto a freshly pulled sheet of paper. 

In this in-person workshop learn reverse pulp painting, a technique developed by the teaching artist that allows papermakers the ability to create very thin pulp painting compositions. In this method, the pulp drains more slowly, allowing papermakers more time to work on a composition.

The pulp we’ll work with as paint is naturally pigmented abaca fiber (a plant related to the banana plant). After learning the process, experiment with building compositions and incorporating inclusions (objects which can be embedded in the paper, such as thread, ribbon, and other lightweight, two-dimensional objects). Participants will come away with about four finished experimental sheets of paper and a basic understanding of the papermaking process. Please wear clothing that can get dirty and shoes that can get wet (i.e. rubber boots, garden clogs, etc.).

All skill levels are welcome to participate. For folks to continue working on this technique independently following the workshop, participation in European Papermaking and Paper Beater Training is required to prepare fiber in MCBA’s paper beaters safely and effectively.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or C

$160/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 materials fee
$80 for scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 materials fee
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the “Adult” rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.

Masks are strongly recommended for program participants working close to others in MCBA’s studios. See our COVID Safety Guidelines for more information.

Please note: Registration closes 3/20 at midnight (CT).