I've long wanted to try making paste paper. Here is a paste made of cornstarch, water and glycerin. I cooked it briefly and let it sit to thicken. There are a number of recipes. You can also use flour rather than cornstarch.
One thickened you add paint. I used acrylic. You can use powder paints. It's handy to have spoons used just for art for this. I do not have any. So used this stick to stir.
Put a couple of blobs of paste on a piece of paper. I used charcoal paper just because I had some. You can use handmade paper or just copy paper.
Spread the paste across the paper using a brush. I used one of those cheap throw away brushes which I forgot to photograph.
You can use any number of tools to make patterns in the past. I cut jags out of this thickish paper to make a comb. I also used a small saw blade, and a plastic clay modeling tool.
Some of these results I like, such as this one. Generally speaking I'm not good at repetitive designs.
One problem arose that I do not know the answer to. My paste was lumpy. It should be smooth. Maybe I just need to add more water and glycerin.
The bottom marks were made with the clay modeling tool that Babs sent to me.
When dry you can do another layer of another color. I may try some PearlEx gold or silver on some of these.
I imagine I'll be tearing these into pieces to use in collages or as book covers.
One of many recipes:
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup water
mix and let sit overnight
The next day add 1 cup water and heat on medium high. Stir until almost boiling. Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup water. Add 2 TBS glycerin or dish soap. Cover and let thicken. Should be like custard.
Place small amounts of paste in old yogurt cups or similar. Mix in two TBS acrylic paint or powder paint. Place sheet on paper on piece of plexiglass or on top of freezer paper. Wet you sheet of paper. Paint on the paste and decorate as shown.