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Re: Explaining peewits

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  • hamburgerbuntpapier_de
    Bette, the specks can be applied in a multitude of techniques, depending on the special case you have to cope with, resp. the sort of dots you need. A
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      the specks can be applied in a multitude of techniques, depending on the special case you
      have to cope with, resp. the sort of dots you need. A toothbrush is not the best of tools,
      too small with a too long handle. Makes you tired before you have completed the first
      sheet. Better use a nail-brush (new, not the much named old one. You'll want elastic
      bristles). Plus a finger, or a stick, or a glass tube, or a lattice, or mesh. Scrap it, or beat it
      like a whisk. Try the atomizer. Don't use air-brush technique unless it is for contemporary

      Whatever you do: remember to cover up yourself and your surroundings, incl. a face mask!
      Finely atomized paints in your nose and lungs are no joke.

      Susanne Krause

      --- In Marbling@yahoogroups.com, Bette Abdu <babdu@...> wrote:
      > Susanne,
      > Thank you so much for the explanation. I was glad to see that others were
      > in the dark about this ³peewit² term. One more question. How are the
      > specks applied? with a toothbrush that is scrapped over a finger or board?
      > Thanks for pointing us to a picture as well. For ease of navigation, here is
      > the link to the specific page Susanne references in her message below
      > http://www.hamburgerbuntpapier.de/en/galerie015_en.html
      > Best regards
      > Bette in New Hampshire, USA
      > On 4/24/07 1:17 AM, "hamburgerbuntpapier_de" <studio@...>
      > wrote:
      > > Hi all,
      > >
      > > my apologies for not explaining a term that must be unfamiliar to many
      > > marblers – I didn't
      > > take into account that Yehuda, whom I met at an exhibition, is a step ahead.
      > > Although it is
      > > introduced by a nameless writer, I love the idea of being surrounded by little
      > > birds with
      > > marbled wings! As long as they keep a polite distance and none of them decides
      > > to sit
      > > down on my head.
      > >
      > > Now: peewit paper is a form of finely sprinkled paper that has been ubiquitous
      > > in Europe (I
      > > am German indeed, but they are made here, there and everywhere) since the
      > > fifteenth
      > > century. A sheets is brushed – usually in a hue of more or less dirty brown,
      > > either greyish,
      > > reddish, or yellowish – and then sprinkled in fine specks, usually black. They
      > > were used
      > > often for small or medium sized books, full as well as half bindings, that
      > > needed to be
      > > bound but had to be cheap. A very messy process, but the basic technique is
      > > easy (except
      > > for the cleaning up afterwards). What follows is that many bookbinders made
      > > their own
      > > peewit papers (or, short: peewits) and used them as the need arose. Many a
      > > time they are
      > > called 'peewit marbles' which always makes me wince as it is no marbling
      > > process! Olga
      > > Hirsch calls them 'plover marbles', which is just using another correct word
      > > for the bird.
      > >
      > > For those who'd like to see it: go to my website www.hamburgerbuntpapier.de,
      > > choose the
      > > language, on to the gallery section, on to 'Books', and the book lying
      > > uppermost on the
      > > heap on the fifth photo is bound in a peewit paper. The site's reconstruction
      > > is not quite
      > > finished as the 'Paper' section in the gallery is not yet online but shiould
      > > be there during
      > > this week.
      > >
      > > For more questions, just ask!
      > >
      > > Susanne Krause
      > >
      > >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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