Bookend Papers and Recipe

January 18, 2008

Ancient End Papers used to cover books Plus Recipe

End paper recipe

3Tablespoon (T) Rice Flour

4T fine Wheat Flour preferably Wheat Starch

1 teaspoon (tps) tincture of green soap… clear

½ tps glycerin

3 Cups cold water.

  • Stir flours and add1 C water together in pan until smooth.
  • Add rest of water
  • Heat on medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • Cook 5 minutes—until glossy, thickened and translucent.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in glycerin and green soap.
  • Cool.
  • Mix with acrylic paints until smooth and even.

· Clop dollops on high quality drawing paper. Smooth evenly then used fingers or soft instruments to create designs. Paper is rather sturdy but if overworked will begin to show signs of wear.

· Bling can be added using powdered metal flakes or powdered fabric glitter (Createx).

Paste may be stored in the refrigerator in air tight container…cover top of paste with wet paper towel so condensation will not drip on paste

. I used this recipe to make some decorative papers which I covered old books for accessories in a home setting–yes purely staging.  Originally the recipe was for end papers used by printers who could not afford the popular marbleized papers of the 1400’s. The recipe is from a secondary source, which I can not cite.

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