Tracy Mikesell on May 20, 2016
Really beautiful! I'm thrilled with my purchase. Quick shipping as well.
Eileen Hook on Feb 2, 2016
Beautiful colors and excellent quality.
Eileen Hook on Feb 2, 2016
Beautiful paper and quick service!
Bailey Hall on Dec 26, 2015
This marbled paper was even more beautiful in person than it was online. I am impressed with the craftsmanship it took to develop such gorgeous marbling.The shipping was prompt. I would highly recommend purchasing from this shop.
Preservation through Education
I am an itinerant artisan, instructor, and historic trades interpreter. My education includes a B.F.A. from Missouri State University(Springfield) and a M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. My creative work is influenced by history and channeled through the historic trades of papermaking, bookbinding, and paper marbling. I've held classes in Conneticuit, Illinois, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. I have performed historically inspired demonstrations at Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts, Dollywood in Tennessee, The Boone Home in Missouri, Felix Valle Historic site in Ste. Genevive, Missouri, The Lincoln Log Cabin historic site in Illinois, The Cataraugus and Erie County Fairs in New York, New York State Fair in Syracuse, Champlain Valley Exposition in Vermont, The Shelburne Museum in Vermont, Old Sturbridge Village and the Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts. My products are featured in the shops at Colonial Williamsburg, as well as other retail venues. In 2011, my marbled paper was selected for inclusion onto Early American Life Magazine Directory of Traditional American Crafts.
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I was first introduced to marbled paper through books. My father would often bring my brother and I to the Saint Louis public library. Many of these books dated from the late 1800s, when marbling had become very fashionable and, therefore, very abundant. As a young child, I understood these mysterious designs were generated by some means of water. The process of paper marbling was a mystery to me, as it had been to many generations of admirers throughout history.
While attending University, I bought marbled paper through artist’s materials retailers, but it was not until I met Curtis E. Finley(1995), that I had the opportunity to marble my first sheet of paper. At the time, I was hand bookbinding and needed the same decorative paper. I wanted to build books with traditional tools, materials and techniques, and, therefore, was not satisfied with the contemporary nature of available marbled paper. Curtis came along in just the right time. In the mid-nineteen eighties, Mr. Finley reintroduced the world to alum-free marbling. Until that time, most paper marblers forgot about the old ways to marble paper without the aid of alum as a mordant to affix the paint to the paper. History shows us that alum was never used in the marbling process. It had been found to exist naturally in some pigments, and it was used in the manufacture of certain paints, but never was alum applied as we do today. This fact made Curtis’ marbling very attractive to me. Curtis’ paint was flawless. It allowed me to begin learning the trade and to share it with thousands of people through teaching and historic trades demonstrations.
In 2001, Curtis stopped selling paint. Curtis suggested that I start marbling with alum like everyone else. This was not an option. I had to preserve one of the basic essential elements that made paper marbling a historic trade: its paint. Curtis E. Finley had reintroduced alum-free paper marbling, and I was determined to continue sharing and preserving alum-free paper marbling.
I was now forced to figure out how to make my own paint. At this point, I had known Curtis for around five and a half years. Curtis revealed many clues pertaining to paint making, but no clear directions or obvious secretes were given. On April 5, 2003, after weeks of research, I attempted to make paint. By June 9, 2003, I was successful with Prussian Blue. On October 13, 2003, one of several yellow paints were successfully made. Around this time, a red pigment was found to complete the necessary primary color group needed to marbled paper in a historically appropriate way. Paint formulation continues today. Each day at the marbling tray is a new day. It seems that everything effects marbling a piece of paper. This is especially true of how and where I work. It must be known that I rarely marbles in the protective environment of my shop. By profession, I am a historic trades interpreter and teacher, along with being an artisan. I often perform outdoors and usually in the public’s eye. I work under a tent in temperatures ranging from 30 degrees to 100 degrees, in all sorts of atmospheric pressures, levels of humidity, and wind conditions. Paper marbling demands consistencies in the working environment for predictable limits to be realized. I normally do not have this luxury. I mention this because this has been a great influence. My work reflects research and efforts to preserve alum-free paper marbling.
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- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
I will accept money orders, but payment through Pay Pal may be best. The itinerant nature of my business puts me away from my shop, so mailing payments to my P.O. Box may delay your order's shipment. Pay Pal will allow uninterrupted reception of payment, even when I am on the road. I am PayPal Verified, but if you have any questions, check out this PayPall link to see my Verification for your self:
I will hold your order for as long as we are in communication. If I cannot get a response concerning your payment, I will assume you have changed your mind. At this point the item will be put back on line. Communication is key.
I use the United States Postal System. If you want an upgrade for extra timely shipping, contact me and I will accommodate your situation.
I will send your items as soon as payment is received or established according to Pay Pal. This being said, I travel frequently, so I may not be able to respond immediately. Please bear with me on this issue. You may e-mail me if you have any questions.
Refunds and Exchanges
I will return the full cost of the item, less the shipping. i.e. Item cost $9.00 + $3.00 shopping, totaling $12.00. I will refund your $9.00. Refunds will be sent upon arrival of undamaged item.
I am not responsible for items damaged in transit. But I may be able to help. I may have provided postal insurance for the cost of the items sent, so contact me in the event of damaged goods. If item is damaged in transit, you will have to contact the Post Master at your post office first.
Phone- 314-378-6652, or e-mail: periodpaper [!at] yahoo.com
Additional policies and FAQs
The majority of items sold on my Etsy site are one of a kind creations. Similar applications of marbled paper with similar patterns are common, but none are identical. For this reason, each piece is a work of copyright protected art. All are digitally documented. The pattern of each marbled paper is not copyright protected, but the specific work of the artist is. It may not be reproduced in whole or in part with out the permission of the artist. The works sold on this site are for one time uses, not commercial reproduction. This includes the downloading of images from this Etsy Site. Permission to reproduce a design is negotiable. Contact me on this issue.
I am very open to wholesale, please contact me for more information.
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Phone- 314-378-6652, or e-mail- periodpaper [!at] yahoo.com