Paper Jam – 5 week Papermaking & Pulp Printing – Stephanie Turnbull
Tuesday 10 May – 14 June 2022
6pm – 9pm
This paper making course will allow any fellow printmaker or artist to add more depth to their work. Papermaking is so versatile and more than just pulling a sheet of paper. We can print with paper pulp, paint with it, cast it to make 3D forms, shape it, the possibilities are endless.
Make your paper and pulp print too
A 5 week experimental papermaking course suitable for both beginners and experienced printmakers alike. This course will introduce you to the exciting possibilities of working with paper pulp. Creating imagery purely in paper pulp or in combination with relief printing techniques.
During the course you will have the opportunity to combine relief printing with cast paper, and create imagery using a range of stencil making from hand cut to the more refined photographic imagery of pulp printing, utilising the silk screen process.
Ok but what is pulp printing?
Pulp printing is a hybrid silkscreen / papermaking technique, which was developed by Dr Tim Mosely after reading two articles in the Hand Papermaking journal. Gangolf Ulbricht’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” (WINTER 1999, Volume 14, Number 2) and Jana Pullman’s “Complex Watermarking with Patterned Shas in Japanese Handmade Papers” (SUMMER 1998, Volume 13, Number 1). The refinement of this process enables the artist to print both photographic imagery and type using a very fine paper pulp. The process works by using a screen-printing frame as a mould, instead of the traditional paper mould. The mould and deckle is submerged in a vat of very fine paper pulp and when lifted creates a vacuum affect drawing the water out through the open mesh and depositing the pulp within the image area. The screen is placed upside down on a freshly pulled sheet of paper and carefully rubbed off the mould. The pressing and drying of the paper fuses the fibres together.
Unlike traditional printmaking where the image, the ink sits on top of the paper, with pulp printing the image is the paper. This enables the artist to create more depth through layering by combining pulp printing with other printmaking processes.
There is so much to learn about papermaking and pulp printmaking – by joining this course you have already started.