Last night, my friend Sally and I took a class in creating hand-painted paste papers at Evanston Print and Paper. We were a little nervous that it would take all night to produce anything worth looking at – but our fears were unfounded. After one piece, we were relaxed and ready to experiment. It’s a forgiving element – if you don’t like an attempt, you can paint it out and try again. The instructor was Juliayn Coleman, a book binder and paper/box maker. The shop owner/printer, Eileen Madden, also joined us for our small, semi-private class of two. We spent three hours creating papers, talking books, admiring one another’s successes, and sharing colors and creativity. This is a relaxing, easy process that will help me create book covers and endpapers, notecards and envelopes, and endless other paper goods. I can’t wait to cook up a batch of paste and do more at home.
See all the photos of my class here.