Cloud Paper: Reverse Pulp Painting

with Hannah O’Hare Bennett
Sunday, June 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). In this in-person workshop, paper is made by applying layers of pulp carefully (or not so carefully!) onto a mold lined with a backing sheet. This process is called pulp painting. The pulp is abaca fiber (a plant related to the banana plant) which has been processed in the paper beater for one hour. Experiment with building compositions using naturally pigmented abaca fiber as paint. Also learn how to incorporate inclusions (objects which can be embedded in the paper) like 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 in order to know how to prepare fiber using the paper beaters safely and effectively.

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

$158/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $60 materials fee
$79 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $60 materials fee
We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.

All in-person program participants are required to be vaccinated, have received a booster dose, and wear a mask while in MCBA’s studios. Proof of vaccination must be received three days (72 hours) before the start of the workshop or enrollment is subject to cancellation with a full refund. See our COVID Safety Guidelines for more information.

Please note: Registration closes 6/16 at midnight (CT).