Re: Explaining peewits
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.
--- In Marbling@yahoogroups.com, Bette Abdu <babdu@...> wrote:
> 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
> Best regards
> Bette in New Hampshire, USA
> On 4/24/07 1:17 AM, "hamburgerbuntpapier_de" <studio@...>
> > 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
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