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- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: Methylcellulose??
- From: Ray Bliss Rich <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998 06:34:42 -0500
- Message-Id: <199802251134.DAA10474@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Organization: Meditations on Paper
- Sender: "Book_Arts-L: The list for all the book arts!" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Hi All... I hope this post is helpful to someone...
I used to use wall paper paste (powder form) as a "wheat paste" for wet
mounting paintings done on delicate Japanese papers (often mistakenly referred
to as rice paper)... after I got tired of making my own wheat paste by
boiling down flour...
Basically, you boil down a flour-water mix until you are left with the
starch, which makes a pretty good reversable paste (reversable in that it can
be undone by rewetting)... presumably it can also be used as sizing...
A painting group I was involved with in 1980 concluded that Robin Hood fluor
was superior to other brands when it came to boiling down for paste... One
set-back is that this home made paste will go bad on you after a short while,
even when refrigerated...