Children Making Paste Paper

Here Sam is using a comb to make marks on her paste paper.

A young girl, Sam, making her very first paste paper. 

Last week, during Ashland’s monthly First Friday Art Walk, I set up an area in my studio for children to learn how to make their own paste paper. First I demonstrated, then I opened up the area for the children to do their own thing. It was so fun to watch them. They were fearless as they brushed the colored paste on the paper. Here are some photos of their fun.

This is how Sam started her paste paper.

The very beginning of Sam’s paste paper.

Here Sam is making her final stroke with the comb. I got out the hair dryer, dried her paper and she got to take it home with her.

Here, Sam is making her final stroke with the comb. I plugged in the hair dryer to dry her paper so she could take her paste paper home with her.

This is how Aidan started his paste paper.

This is how Aidan started his paste paper.

Aidan adding more color.

Aidan adding more color.

Here is Aidan's final piece. Notice the stamp in the middle.

Here is Aidan’s final piece. Notice the stamp in the middle.

Here Lottie is starting her paste paper.

Here Lottie is starting her paste paper.

Here Lottie is using a comb on her paste paper. The comb was very popular. I had lots of tools for making marks on the paper, but the variegated comb was the one most of the children wanted to use.

Here, Lottie is using a comb on her paste paper. The comb was very popular. I had lots of tools available for making marks on the paper, but the variegated comb was the one most of the children wanted to use.

This is how Beckett started her paste paper.

This is how Beckett started her paste paper.

Here Beckett is making her final stroke. She, too, is using the variegated comb.

Here, Beckett is making her final stroke. She too is using the variegated comb.

Her is how Olivia started her paste paper.

Here is how Olivia started her paste paper.

Olivia is just finishing her paste paper.

Olivia is just finishing her paste paper.

This is Gigi's paste paper.

This is Gigi’s paste paper.

The children had a great time. At the end of it all, they got to take their paste papers home with them, too. I loved having the kids play in my studio, even if they did make a little more of a mess than I usually do.

Enjoy, Candy

P.S.
For more information about paste papers, what they are, and how I make them, check out my blog posts on making paste paper:
Making Paste Paper: Part One
Making Paste Paper: Part Two

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