Paper Making Weekend
Weekend course with Stephanie Turnbull
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July 2021
10am – 4pm
Paper pulp and pulp printing
A great introduction to paper pulp and pulp printing. This will include talking about imagery and how to make an image to put through the screen-printing process.
Unlike shop bought varieties, your own handmade paper has qualities that are unique – for reasons that will unfold as we work our way through the weekend. This weekend is great for beginners it also offers invaluable insights for experienced artists and printmakers. Many of the techniques and processes have been adapted from traditional Japanese and western papermaking methods.
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.