5059Re: Making our own base papers
- Mar 3, 2009Hi Dear group,
On the commercial level, I think best thing to do is don´t even marble, just be a re seller.
my best regards from Buenos Aires
--- In Marbling@yahoogroups.com, "Susanne Krause" <studio@...> wrote:
> Hi Iris,
> and hi to all the others wondering about paper making,
> for making decorated papers professionally, meaning to earn your
> livelyhood by it, forget about making your own base papers unless you
> are about twenty years of age, have the time and the money to invest
> in 10 years of full time learning, plus 10 more years of learning the
> techniques of paper decoration you wish to learn, plus more years in
> which to learn combining both.
> It may sound harsh but that's exactly how it is. We're all repeating
> all the time that you cannot learn marbling (or any of the other
> tchniques) quickly and easily. An enormous percentage of all the
> postings in this group is about technical problems and the tricks our
> materials play on us. Paper making is just the same; and on top of it
> all a professional set up needs even more space and money than the
> professional set up for paper decoration.
> A person can have enormous fun making paper, just as they can have
> enormous fun making marbled papers or whatever. It's very, very
> exciting work and just as addictive as making decorated papers. It's a
> sensational experience to be responsible for the whole thing.
> Nevertheless it is idiotic on the commercial level, and it is
> adventurous on the emotional (to say the least). It is the simple
> truth that there are just so many really good papers makers, just as
> there are just so many really good paper decorators. Once in a while
> there may be an exceptionally gifted and dedicated person who can do
> both in equally good quality, but these persons are just that:
> exceptions. We're not a profession of exceptions (except in the field
> of mild madness).
> I could go on and on about this, but let me finish with a suggestion:
> try printing papers. They are velin, sturdy, comparatively cheap and
> available with or without buffering. I'm using them for dribbled,
> early 20th century and some 19th century pastes. I'm told they marble
> Susanne krause
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