As part of my First Friday Art Walk demonstration this past Friday, I invited children to make their own paste papers. First I demonstrated how I make my paste paper, then with the permission of a parent, I let the children make their very own paste paper.
Miles chose blue, green and yellow for his paste paper.
I had an assistant on hand to dry the paste papers with a hair dryer so the children could take their paste paper home with them. Needless to say, it was a great success.
Miles using tools to make marks in his paste.
Moving my paste paper set from my garage to my studio at the Art Center takes a huge amount of time. I figure it takes me 3 days to prepare, set it up and then take it down afterwards.
Miles has used stamps and graining tools to make marks in his paste paper. He’s almost finished in this photo.
Watching the children make their very own paste papers was so worth the effort of setting up for this project. They were all so proud of their masterpieces. They kept coming back to check on how the drying was going on.
Mari chose pink, purple, blue and teal as her colors.
It’s not necessary to use the high quality materials I use if you are making paste paper with children. Your paste can be flour and water and your coloring can be tempera or food coloring. You can use just about anything to color your paste.
Here Mari is using a comb to add lines to her paste paper.
If you are looking for some high quality non-toxic children’s paints, check out my friend, Leah’s, Natural Earth Paints. Leah has created a line of paints that are non-toxic, from paints for children to paints for professional artists.
Mari’s finished paste paper.
This is not the first time I had children make paste papers in my studio at the Ashland Art Center. I did this a couple of years ago too. It was a huge hit then too.
Remy chose pink, purple and teal for her paste paper.
Remy making marks in her paste.
Remy’s finished paste paper.
Scarlett chose teal, blue, magenta and purple as her paste colors.
Scarlett is about to make marks in her paste.
Scarlett is stamping patterns in her colored paste.
Samara chose magenta, purple and blue as her paste colors.
Samara adding texture to her paste paper.
Samara is just about done with her paste paper here.
Drake was a two fisted painter, chose yellow, teal and green as his paste colors.
Drake was my only 2-fisted painter. He was a delight to watch.
In addition to using both hands, Drake really slathered his paste on the paper. It took a little longer to dry, but he sure got into the process.
Emelia chose purple, blue, magenta and pink for her paste colors.
Emelia painting her paste paper.
Emelia’s finished paste paper.
Owen chose yellow, blue, teal and green as his colors.
Owen is making marks in his paste paper.
Owen has almost finished his paste paper.
The kids had a great time and I loved watching them. Here are some links if you are interested in additional information.
For non-toxic paints for children:
Natural Earth Paints
For more information on paste papers:
Making Paste Papers: Part One
Making Paste Papers: Part Two
To see the paste papers children made a few years ago:
Children Making Paste Papers