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Paste Papers that Sing – G210612

Paste paper had its origins about 450 years ago when printers, wanting a less expensive decorative paper than marbled paper for end papers, in their books, added paint to their paste and made patterns in the paste with the tools at hand – often with their fingers.

Many of us were first introduced to paste paper in primary school where it is known as finger painting. More recently calligraphers realized that paste makes an excellent surface on which to letter. Participants should come with a project in mind. Since I am a book artist, I would suggest that this be a book but that is not mandatory.

During the first 2 days of the Paste workshop participants will create pages for their own reference books documenting their paste experiments. At the end of the morning on Tuesday I will introduce pasting on cloth and Thursday and Friday participants will have the opportunity to make larger sheets of paste paper and paste cloth using their reference books as guides.

Sunday evening: An introduction to and making of three frequently used pastes. Monday: Using assorted tools, participants will systematically prepare the first layers on pages for their personal reference books. We will close the morning with a discussion of color properties.

Participants can fill in small color wheels that can be bound into their reference books or start on the second layers for their reference books.

Tuesday: Participants will add the second and third layers to their pages using a variety of tools and techniques. At the end of the morning I will introduce pasting on cloth.

Wednesday: We will bind our reference books first thing in the morning. For the rest of the morning participants can work on pasting on a variety of cloth samples or begin to focus on their personal projects by putting first layers on larger sheets of paper.

Thursday: Participants will continue to work on their personal projects either on paper or cloth. Friday: Participants will continue to work on their personal projects. At the end of the morning we will bind our cloth samples into reference books.

This class is purposely structured to be flexible enough for those who come with a project in mind and also for those who do not. I will be introducing new techniques and sharing my experience throughout the week.

Cap: 8
Rates – week of June 6-12 (6 nights)
Includes 6 nights single occupancy lodging, meal package (arrival dinner through departure breakfast), course tuition + basic Materials Fee | This course carries an additional $40 Materials Fee

Private Bath – $1,565
Dorm/Communal Bath – $1,325 (limited # available)

+ Additional person(s) in the same room
Taking a course -$815 (includes meal package + tuition + basic Materials Fee | This course carries an additional $40 Materials Fee)
Non Participant – $230 (includes meal package + conservation fee)

Commuter (lunches & dinners included + tuition + basic Materials Fee) $775 | This course carries an additional $40 Materials Fee
Rio Arriba County resident – $675

Camping Rates
Tent without electricity with Meals – $995
Tent without electricity without Meals – $790
Tent/Small RV with Electricity or Full Hook-Up with Meals – $1,055
Tent/Small RV with Electricity or Full Hook-Up without Meals – $850

+ Additional person(s) Sharing a Campground Space | This course carries an additional $40 Materials Fee
Taking a course + meals – $815
Taking a course without meals – $615
Non Participant with meals – $225
Non Participant without meals – $25

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

During this Covid-19 period, participants are asked to bring their own supplies (hand sanitizer, water bottle) to limit touchpoint and sharing.



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In-person workshops begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed.

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During Covid safety period - single occupancy lodging is the standard
  • During Covid-19 periods, all lodging types will be single occupancy at no additional charge. Of course, you can share a room with a spouse, partner, family or another person that shares your full-time residence. The extra folks that share a room will pay for workshop registration fees and meals.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?

Private refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

  • During Covid-19, all rooms will have a private bath. Semi-private and Communal/dorm types will be assigned a bathroom for each person.
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining rooms.
    • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/showers in the lodging building (or in a proximate building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.
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  • Elizabeth McKee
    Elizabeth McKee

    Elizabeth McKee is a calligrapher and book artist. Her nomad’s life has carried her from New Guinea to Australia, Iowa, Japan, Zambia, Canada, Malaysia, Florida, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Maryland, Russia and Albuquerque. Not exactly in that order. In August 2015 she moved to Albuquerque, NM where she is putting down roots. She discovered calligraphy in Japan in 1970. Was happy to rediscover it in English in 1980. In 1983 she took her first bookbinding class at the international calligraphy convention in Chicago. In 1984 she helped establish the Calligraphy Society of Ottawa and was made an honorary life member in 1990. She has studied paste paper with Nancy Culmone and Madeleine Durham. Running a marbling studio in Nairobi, Kenya for four years gave her an intensive color theory education. Her books are included in the collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, Harvard’s Houghton Library, Queen’s University’s Douglas Library, Kingston, Ontario, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bowdoin College’s Hawthorne-Longfellow Library as well as private collections around the world.

    Although paste papers were originally developed to be used as decorative endpapers in books, McKee‘s paste papers are multi-layered creations meant to enhance backgrounds for calligraphy.


Jun 06 - 12 2021

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