Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Re: [Marbling] Making our own base papers

Expand Messages
  • irisnevins
    Very good info Susanne. Unlike you, I AM mad! And I thought you must be too, ha ha... one of the obsessive ones. My friends laugh at me... I ll try anything,
    Message 1 of 20 , Mar 3, 2009
    • 0 Attachment
      Very good info Susanne. Unlike you, I AM mad! And I thought you must be too, ha ha... one of the obsessive ones. My friends laugh at me... I'll try anything, the worst is that you fail and either keep trying or do something else. I could do a lot of things if marbling didn't work for me, have studied many things, self study that is, I never went past high school, have no degrees or college or anything. I am just terribly mad and obsessive, and stubborn too. This paper problem, it will not be the end of marbling for me. Honestly the worst possible scenario would be, like you, find a hand papermaker (if I don't do it myself ultimately) who will make what I want. If it's very expensive so be it, I will marble for a few at a higher price per sheet is all. Or do marbled art, which I rarely have time for. I may have to work for a living at something else, but will not stop marbling!

      Iris Nevins
      www.marblingpaper.com<http://www.marblingpaper.com/>
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Susanne Krause<mailto:studio@...>
      To: Marbling@yahoogroups.com<mailto:Marbling@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 4:17 AM
      Subject: [Marbling] Making our own base papers


      Hi all,

      the vast majority of sheets on hand made base papers I sell goes to
      book restorers, followed by artists. I have next to none in stock and
      produce only on request. This leaves me flexible as to colours and
      patterning and the customers get exactly what they need for a price is
      well above machine made after all, not just because of hand vs.
      machine but also because in many cases it takes more time to work on
      hand made.

      Much as I'd love to work on hand made alone (Oh for the five days when
      we were demonstrating side by side on Frankfurt Book Fair some years
      ago and he brought a big, big pile of different papers for me to work
      with!), it is out of the question. One of the reasons for this is, the
      old surfaces were subject to a special treatment making them
      particularly smooth. To get these results today, you'd need a host of
      workers handling the tool (sorry, no ides what it may be called in
      English) or the output to justify erecting mechanical gadgets,
      provided they don't need to be invented first which I don't know. No
      one is going to pay you for this.

      The biggest problem is just the one you mentioned, Iris. Most hand
      made are too porous etc. It's a question of the right fibres, beaten
      just the right time, just the right water, just the right sizing, just
      the right pigments, dried just the right way. Wait a year or two and
      the same paper behaves totally different.

      I'm ordering wove (velin) ca. 55gsm, and my paper maker makes it to my
      specifications as to fibres, weight and colour; the rest is for him to
      decide. We did need some time to find out what works best though! As
      you know I'm doing direct techniques only, so the papers have to stand
      up to being treated with the hard tools while they are wet and neither
      tear nor shed fibres in the process in addition to accepting the
      paints in the way I want them to (and keeping them of course)!

      My paper maker is Gangolf Ulbricht of Berlin, and there is not much
      about paper making he doesn't know. He has a degree in paper
      engineering, then went on learning hand paper making, then acquired a
      scholarship to learn a year in Japan, living with three paper making
      families in turn. Works Japanese style as well as Western, anything
      between monstrously big and heavy boards for art and repair and 2 gsm
      Gossamer for restoration.

      I may be mad. But I'm not that mad.

      Susanne Krause



      ------------------------------------

      Yahoo! Groups Links





      [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    • irisnevins
      Well someone has to make what you would re-sell! I like marbling on a commercial level, though these days it could be a little more commercial thank you. The
      Message 2 of 20 , Mar 3, 2009
      • 0 Attachment
        Well someone has to make what you would re-sell! I like marbling on a commercial level, though these days it could be a little more commercial thank you. The economy is hitting my sales very hard. I like doing the dreaded small press orders of 100-1000 of the same paper, is it boring.... sort of, but not really... there's a certain adrenaline rush when you have to constantly strive for perfection, as in matching that many sheets very closely. It's a skill, requires much concentration and precision, it's a challenge, and the pay is not at all bad when you get orders of this sort.
        I am a veritable human marbling machine, when required, have been for 31 years now, and now that there is a paper that works, I love it again. So on a commercial level, how about I be the machine, you do the selling? I could use more sales, we all likely could!

        Iris Nevins
        www.marblingpaper.com<about:blank>
        ----- Original Message -----
        From: atomenegazzo<mailto:atomenegazzo@...>
        To: Marbling@yahoogroups.com<mailto:Marbling@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 6:00 AM
        Subject: [Marbling] Re: Making our own base papers


        Hi 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<mailto: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
        >





        ------------------------------------

        Yahoo! Groups Links





        [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      • irisnevins
        Oh I understood it was a joke!! Still, if you want to be my re-seller let me know!! I know you were kidding. True enough, if we didn t have to make money,
        Message 3 of 20 , Mar 3, 2009
        • 0 Attachment
          Oh I understood it was a joke!! Still, if you want to be my re-seller let me know!! I know you were kidding. True enough, if we didn't have to make money, there would be more time for art and experimentation! Artists are often uncomfortable with the business side of things!

          Iris Nevins
          www.marblingpaper.com<about:blank>
          ----- Original Message -----
          From: atomenegazzo<mailto:atomenegazzo@...>
          To: Marbling@yahoogroups.com<mailto:Marbling@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 6:33 AM
          Subject: [Marbling] Re: Making our own base papers


          Dear group.

          My previous message 100% nonsense.

          I sorry!
          regards


          --- In Marbling@yahoogroups.com<mailto:Marbling@yahoogroups.com>, "atomenegazzo" <atomenegazzo@...> wrote:
          >
          > Hi 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<mailto: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
          > >
          >





          ------------------------------------

          Yahoo! Groups Links





          [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
        • kirkiridis
          Firstly, let me say I know nothing about marbling on paper- I marble fabric but on the subject of paper, I know that there are a number paper making projects
          Message 4 of 20 , Mar 3, 2009
          • 0 Attachment
            Firstly, let me say I know nothing about marbling on paper- I marble
            fabric but on the subject of paper, I know that there are a number paper
            making projects here in South Africa making beautiful paper- some of
            which is exported through the Fair Trade organisation.Perhaps this is
            the way to go.
          • athena_2547
            Hello everyone, I just created a album in the photo section called marbling on handmade papers, feel free to add your photos. I also came across an article in
            Message 5 of 20 , Mar 3, 2009
            • 0 Attachment
              Hello everyone,
              I just created a album in the photo section called marbling on handmade papers, feel free
              to add your photos. I also came across an article in handpapermaking from the summer of
              2003 by Tom Leech called "An Invitation to Marble". Many have played around with
              marbling from the bookarts and hmp communities and said similar things about marbling
              that this group is saying about making their own papers. I only drop my "precious" papers
              onto a vat when I'm sure about the image created, I still produce 4 duds out of every 10
              sheets. Since I can charge fine art prices, this becomes part of my process, and the duds
              get overmarbled or have other lives as scrap or recycled paper.

              I am in my twenties and having "paper dreams" trying to start a cooperative studio for
              paper and marbling here in Boston. I know it's a long shot but the last seven years of my
              life Ive been developing this method of working. I know it would not be cost effective on
              the scale I previously practiced. However this studio has all the equipment a papermaker
              could hope for, and is a dedicated space for marbling so no more nomadic marbling.

              ~Melinda Cross
            • onemarbler
              I particularly liked your self-portrait, and the other marbler s portait piece. Thanks for sharing. Lavinia ... handmade papers, feel free
              Message 6 of 20 , Mar 3, 2009
              • 0 Attachment
                I particularly liked your self-portrait, and the other marbler's
                portait piece. Thanks for sharing.

                Lavinia


                --- In Marbling@yahoogroups.com, "athena_2547" <athena_2547@...> wrote:
                >
                > Hello everyone,
                > I just created a album in the photo section called marbling on
                handmade papers, feel free
                > to add your photos.
              • John Goode
                Hi All. With a hydraulic press and a heated tube dryer you can crank out super nice flat paper on the earlier post I mentioned the rough flat easy kind.These
                Message 7 of 20 , Mar 3, 2009
                • 0 Attachment
                  Hi All.
                  With a hydraulic press and a heated tube dryer you can crank out super nice
                  flat paper on the earlier post I mentioned the rough flat easy kind.These
                  would be the next two steps.
                  There is a cotton gin in my town and the cotton linters were .25 cents per
                  lb two years ago they are raw and natural but real nice cream.The size has
                  its limitations too. Smaller vs bigger is better, for me at this time.
                  This is a great topic! I hope to hear and learn more...
                  Thru marbling..
                  John Goode


                  On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 7:50 AM, irisnevins <irisnevins@...> wrote:

                  > Very good info Susanne. Unlike you, I AM mad! And I thought you must be
                  > too, ha ha... one of the obsessive ones. My friends laugh at me... I'll try
                  > anything, the worst is that you fail and either keep trying or do something
                  > else. I could do a lot of things if marbling didn't work for me, have
                  > studied many things, self study that is, I never went past high school, have
                  > no degrees or college or anything. I am just terribly mad and obsessive, and
                  > stubborn too. This paper problem, it will not be the end of marbling for me.
                  > Honestly the worst possible scenario would be, like you, find a hand
                  > papermaker (if I don't do it myself ultimately) who will make what I want.
                  > If it's very expensive so be it, I will marble for a few at a higher price
                  > per sheet is all. Or do marbled art, which I rarely have time for. I may
                  > have to work for a living at something else, but will not stop marbling!
                  >
                  > Iris Nevins
                  > www.marblingpaper.com<http://www.marblingpaper.com/>
                  >
                  > ----- Original Message -----
                  > From: Susanne Krause<mailto:studio@...<studio%40hamburgerbuntpapier.de>>
                  >
                  > To: Marbling@yahoogroups.com <Marbling%40yahoogroups.com><mailto:
                  > Marbling@yahoogroups.com <Marbling%40yahoogroups.com>>
                  > Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 4:17 AM
                  > Subject: [Marbling] Making our own base papers
                  >
                  > Hi all,
                  >
                  > the vast majority of sheets on hand made base papers I sell goes to
                  > book restorers, followed by artists. I have next to none in stock and
                  > produce only on request. This leaves me flexible as to colours and
                  > patterning and the customers get exactly what they need for a price is
                  > well above machine made after all, not just because of hand vs.
                  > machine but also because in many cases it takes more time to work on
                  > hand made.
                  >
                  > Much as I'd love to work on hand made alone (Oh for the five days when
                  > we were demonstrating side by side on Frankfurt Book Fair some years
                  > ago and he brought a big, big pile of different papers for me to work
                  > with!), it is out of the question. One of the reasons for this is, the
                  > old surfaces were subject to a special treatment making them
                  > particularly smooth. To get these results today, you'd need a host of
                  > workers handling the tool (sorry, no ides what it may be called in
                  > English) or the output to justify erecting mechanical gadgets,
                  > provided they don't need to be invented first which I don't know. No
                  > one is going to pay you for this.
                  >
                  > The biggest problem is just the one you mentioned, Iris. Most hand
                  > made are too porous etc. It's a question of the right fibres, beaten
                  > just the right time, just the right water, just the right sizing, just
                  > the right pigments, dried just the right way. Wait a year or two and
                  > the same paper behaves totally different.
                  >
                  > I'm ordering wove (velin) ca. 55gsm, and my paper maker makes it to my
                  > specifications as to fibres, weight and colour; the rest is for him to
                  > decide. We did need some time to find out what works best though! As
                  > you know I'm doing direct techniques only, so the papers have to stand
                  > up to being treated with the hard tools while they are wet and neither
                  > tear nor shed fibres in the process in addition to accepting the
                  > paints in the way I want them to (and keeping them of course)!
                  >
                  > My paper maker is Gangolf Ulbricht of Berlin, and there is not much
                  > about paper making he doesn't know. He has a degree in paper
                  > engineering, then went on learning hand paper making, then acquired a
                  > scholarship to learn a year in Japan, living with three paper making
                  > families in turn. Works Japanese style as well as Western, anything
                  > between monstrously big and heavy boards for art and repair and 2 gsm
                  > Gossamer for restoration.
                  >
                  > I may be mad. But I'm not that mad.
                  >
                  > Susanne Krause
                  >
                  > ------------------------------------
                  >
                  > Yahoo! Groups Links
                  >
                  > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                  >
                  >
                  >


                  [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.