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Paste Papers That Sing – G200613

Workshop ID: G200613
Dates: June 7, 2020 - June 13, 2020
Price: $775.00 - $1,540.00

Paste paper had its origins about 450 years ago when printers, wanting a less expensive decorative paper for end papers than marbled paper, 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.

During the first 3 days of the Paste Paper workshop participants will create pages for their own reference books documenting their paste experiments. On Thursday and Friday they will have the opportunity to make larger sheets of paste paper using their samples 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.
Tuesday: We will begin with a discussion of color properties. Participants will fill in small color wheels and begin to add the second and third layers to their pages.
Wednesday: We will make stencils and stamps and participants will continue to work on their sample pages.
Thursday: Participants will put first layers on their larger sheets of paper. While these papers dry we will bind our reference books and make boxes for them.
Friday: Participants will continue to work on larger sheets of paper for books or broadsheets. Materials fee $55.


Package Price
Camping RV$835.00
Camping w/Electricity$795.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
Elizabeth McKee

Elizabeth McKee is an award-winning 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


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Paste Papers That Sing
Sunday, June 7 – Saturday, June 13

Welcome Letter and Supply List 

Dear Participant,

I am so happy that you have signed up for this Paste Paper workshop. I hope you will have a very enriching experience at Ghost Ranch.

We will be working with good quality products so that you have the best chance to make beautiful paste paper sample books and finished products.

Your $55 supply fee will cover paper, paint, matte medium, a mylar sheet to work on, notes, three types of paste, Pearl Ex powders, China markers pastels and assorted cool stuff.

You will receive 6 ¼ full sheets of Arches Text Wove paper 2 5.5 ” x 40″ 64.7 cm x 101.6 cm I will have 2 ¼ of those sheets cut into book and box sized pages and the rest into ½ sheets so you will get eight ½ sheets of paper sixteen ¼ sheets If you work on both sides of the sheets this should be enough to occupy you for Thursday and Friday. 

HOWEVER if you paste quickly, only work on one side and do not spend time making patterns or exploring Ghost Ranch you may want more paper. I will bring extra for those who might want to purchase more.

We will use Golden or Liquitex acrylic colors Benzimidazolone yellow light, Benzimidazolone yellow medium, Naphthol red light, Quinacridone magenta, Ultramarine blue , Phthalo blue (green shade), Phthalo green (blue shade), Titanium white , Z inc white Anthraquinone blue and iridescent silver and gold. You can mix any color with these (even black). If you have an alternative palette that you want to work with feel free to bring your own paint to mix.

I will send you home with packets of paste powder.

You will need to bring:

  1. Apron
  2. Pencil for taking notes
  3. 2 pieces of cardboard at least 8 ½ x 11 size (two sides of a cereal box are fine or the back of a pad of paper.)
  4. Sickly pieces of paste paper which need rejuvenation if you have them
  5. Sturdy scissors for cutting up credit cards and sponges
  6. Bone folder
  7. A few old credit cards
  8. Glue stick or double sided tape. These are for putting the books and box together. One or the other is fine.
  9. Two 1 ½ binder clips
  10. Rags  –– old towels are gold towels are great –– something the size of hand towels e of hand towels or old tea towels –– for wiping off your acrylic sheet.
  11. Small piece of bubble 6″ x 6″ is fine. Any kind (an assortment is great).
  12. At let least two all-purpose sponges like this:
  13. Ruler (18″ if 18″ if you have one) 
  14. Blue tape.
  15. IF YOU HAVE ROOM IN YOUR SUITCASE — 2 of these from are invaluable and will fit right under your table, thus thus saving space and time running around.
  16. IF YOU ARE DRIVING AND HAVE ROOM — Drying rack for laundry. They help to keep the room organized and speed up drying. Acrylic paint will dry and won’t come off your clothes later! I WILL BRING AT LEAST 2 BUT THEY WILL FILL UP FAST. FORTUNATELY THINGS DRY FAST IN NEW MEXICO!
  17. ALSO IF YOU ARE DRIVING, a a 55–quart bucket –– Home depot carries one for $2.57 that is perfect. But Halloween buckets also work and children’s beach buckets are fine! If you need to visualize how big that is, it should hold the same amount as 5 large yogurt containers. 

OPTIONAL (only if you have these things –– don’t go out and buy out and buy them!)
Tweezers for picking imperfections stray hairs or paste lumps out of your wet paste.
Colored paper you want to test
Odd papers that you would like to test out
Sponge brushes – assorted sizes
Rubber stamps
Anything else you want to make marks with
If pasting paper is not new to you bring your favorite tools that you have collected over the years.

Please feel free to contact me if any of this is not clear.

Elizabeth McKee


Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note:  Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability). For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1001 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.
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