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Welcome to my shop and gallery. I am a hand bookbinder and overall artist specializing in the art of hand painting paste papers. Check out my website for more information and paste paper recipe. http://www.mariekelzerdesigns.com/

I fell in love with making "paste papers" after taking several classes in the art of making paste papers in the mid 1980's. Paste papers are decorative papers hand painted using brushes, tools and household gadgets to create designs over a surface covered with a paste and acrylic paints mixture. They were used for both cover papers and endpapers during the 16th through 18th centuries and made a come back in the 20th century.

My paste paper patterns have grown over the years. I have limited edition books totally “so far” 350 designs in 7 volumes. Each design is an original pattern whether it is one of a…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 15
  • Joined June 17, 2010

Favorite materials

Acrylic paints, brushes, bone folders, PVA, straight edges, scalpels with sharp blades, InDesign, sewing frame, Kutrimmer, Book Press

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About

Welcome to my shop and gallery. I am a hand bookbinder and overall artist specializing in the art of hand painting paste papers. Check out my website for more information and paste paper recipe. http://www.mariekelzerdesigns.com/

I fell in love with making "paste papers" after taking several classes in the art of making paste papers in the mid 1980's. Paste papers are decorative papers hand painted using brushes, tools and household gadgets to create designs over a surface covered with a paste and acrylic paints mixture. They were used for both cover papers and endpapers during the 16th through 18th centuries and made a come back in the 20th century.

My paste paper patterns have grown over the years. I have limited edition books totally “so far” 350 designs in 7 volumes. Each design is an original pattern whether it is one of a kind or a design that I duplicate by hand. My paste papers have been used by others including artists and binders and the designs have been licensed to fabric manufacturers. As these designs are all copyrighted they are not to be copied, reproduced or distributed without written permission.

I have worked in the Bookbinding/Preservation world at institutions such as U.C. Berkeley and San Francisco Public Library, where I perfected my hand skills. From my introduction to Paste Papers in the 1980’s I have continued to create and hand make books and all kinds of products and sell them through retail outlets and fairs. I have also made floor cloths and have framed my paste paper collections. In 2012 I moved from San Francisco to Marina Del Rey in southern California. I am happily close to the beach ions.

All of this for the love of paste papers which I’d love for everyone everywhere to experience the joys of the many designs possible and to take a hand at making paste papers yourself.

Thanks for visiting! I will continue to add products as I go forward and I appreciate you taking a look at them.

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