What is Pulp Painting?
think Eden is just painting her images on top of hand –made
paper. Eden actually makes the pulp (paper). She beats cotton
fibers in a beater, called a Hollander Beater. She beats the
cotton for two different lengths of time so that some fibers
come out thicker and some thinner. The thicker fibers are used
for the base and give the artwork a certain amount of rigidity.
The thinner fibers, beat for 6 plus hours, come out with a
consistency similar to soup. These “soupy” fibers are separated
and colored. The rigid fibers are spread first on top of a mold
and deckle, basically a mesh screen that allows the liquid to
pass through while holding the cotton fibers in place. As these
fibers are drying, the soupy colored fibers are added. The
soupy fibers are in essence the paint and the longer fibers are
the canvas. Therefore, when the fibers dry and all the water
has either been drained or evaporated, you are left with a
painting in paper, not upon it.
How pulp paper is made in 5 steps
Cotton fibers are placed into a high powered beater, called
a Hollander Beater, and beaten for several hours to obtain
two desired consistencies.
first consistency of hydrated fibers is poured on to a
screen called a mold and deckle, forming the strong first
layer. The second is beat for a longer period and is then
Artist coloring is added to these separated over-beaten
colored fibers are then applied over the first set of
fibers, while still wet. The application is done with
syringes and ketchup bottles. This is when I do the
Once the paper has dried and been removed from the screen,
the image is complete. But, occasionally I will add
superimposed images, woodcuts, or other embellishments to