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5059Re: Making our own base papers

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  • atomenegazzo
    Mar 3, 2009
      Hi Dear group,

      On the commercial level, I think best thing to do is donĀ“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
      > fine.
      > Susanne krause
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