Pastepapers online workshop

$ 90.00

February 13th, 2021 1:00 PM

  • Instructor: Nina Eve Zeininger
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: February 13th, 2021 1:00 PM
  • Workshop End: February 20th, 2021 3:00 PM
  • Sessions: 2

This is a two-session online workshop, February 13 & 20, 2021.

Pastepapers is a surface decoration technique that goes back centuries. It can be as simple or complex as the creator desires. Beginning with a brief historical introduction, this class will cover mixing pigments into paste, basic tool creation, patterns, and how to troubleshoot some common problems that may be encountered.

The instructor will focus on creating paste papers using readily available acrylic paints in class but the use of pigments will be discussed for those that may want to experiment outside of class. The instructor will also explain how to prepare methyl cellulose and pre-cooked wheat paste. If time allows, they will review other starch bases such as cornstarch and wheat flour.

Students will receive a link to a class-specific webpage in the week prior to class. In addition to a handout, the webpage will include recommended exploration on the topic such as books and Pinterest inspiration boards.

Materials to Bring: 

Pastepapers can be messy, students should make sure they have enough space to work with surfaces covered to protect them from paint. Wearing an apron or old clothes is strongly recommended as is keeping cats out of the area you will be working in.

  • Paste (choose one):

Methyl cellulose (will require preparation the day before class using instructor-supplied directions) 
Pre-cooked wheat paste (can be prepared during class along with instructor demo)

  • Two or more colors of acrylic paint, any body/consistency but preferably not old and chunky! (recommended: Liquitex or Golden Brands). If you don’t already have paints, consider getting primary colors and black or white; colors can be custom mixed in the paste. Fluorescents and metallics can also work with this process.
  • Paper (letter size or larger, not too big for your work surface) - text weight papers work well for this process. Paper should be stronger/thicker than thin handmade papers (such as Japanese handmade papers) but thinner than cardstock. Colored paper is fine. Any drawing or sketch pad that’s not cover weight will be fine (like this example).
  • Two or more cheap paint brushes. The 1 and 2” brushes that are under $5 at local hardware stores are great for this process (like this example). DO NOT use bookbinding glue brushes or any fancy brushes you may want to use for other artistic endeavors.
  • Plastic containers for mixed paste; a separate one for each color to be used plus one to hold water. (Old yogurt or sour cream tubs work great).
  • Popsicle sticks or some sort of dedicated stir stick for mixing; one for each color.
  • Combs, sticks, and other mark-making tools (chopsticks are great). If students do not want to create their own tools, they should search for plastic adhesive spreaders at their local hardware store or online (metal will tear the wet paper).
  • For students wanting to create their own tools, bookboard scraps and old credit cards (or the ones that come in junk mail promotions) will be good; stencils can be made out of mylar or overhead projection sheets.
  • Old newspaper, plastic sheeting or something to cover your work surface
  • Wax paper or a sheet of plexi/glass larger than your paper (needs to be able to get wet and paint-y)
  • Cellulose sponge (the dry ones from Trader Joe’s that expand in water work well)
  • Apron

Workshop Fee: $90

Date & Time: 2 Saturdays :: February 13 & 20, 2021 :: 1-3pm Pacific time

Location: Online over Zoom

Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class.


About the Instructor | Nina Eve Zeininger

Nina Eve Zeininger {they/them} is a paper artist working primarily in bookmaking, photography, and letterpress printing. A lover of the outdoors, words, and grammar, their work tends to be infused with nature, bright colors, fun, and sarcasm. 
Day-to-day Nina Eve’s time is spent working in non-profit arts management, teaching book arts, crafting yummy baked goods and tasty cocktails, reading, and playing fetch with their cats.
After growing up in New England, Nina Eve came to San Francisco to earn a BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute; they haven’t yet found a good reason to leave the area. Nina Eve is currently pursuing a MLIS degree in Archives Management & Public Librarianship via Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis {online}.

Past Student Reviews:

“Really great workshop! Nina is awesome!”

“Nina is clear in her instructions and class moves at a good pace.  She is one of my favorite instructors.”

“Nina is an excellent teacher - the class was really well organized and fun, and I really appreciated her pacing and ability to take us through step by step.”

$ 90.00
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United States