Paste Papers Surface Design 2022

Event Info

This one-day, in-person workshop takes place at Center for Book Arts on Saturday, September 17, from 10:00 am–4:00 pm.

  • Saturday, September 17, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Saturday, September 10, at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

This in-person class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Maria Pisano.

Paste papers are a gateway to creating unique patterned papers for one’s own artistic practices. These papers have been used throughout history by bookbinders and cabinet makers (to line cupboards, chests and boxes) in addition to being used to decorate walls and ceilings. In this workshop, you will investigate the myriad possibilities inherent in this medium: paints, choice of papers/boards, materials, formulas, making an edition and more. You will also delve into the creation of unique surface patterns with the use of multiple implements including found objects, brayers, stencils, and an array of direct and indirect modes of making marks. Class discussion will center on the versatility and multi-use of these papers and will culminate with making a sample book with your designs. Students do not need any prior experience in this area; just a love of design!

Required Materials:

All staff, artists, students, and guests are required to show proof of vaccination upon entering CBA and must wear a mask covering the nose and mouth at all times. If you have a medical or religious exemption, please email

Required Materials:

  • 3 sponge brushes and 2 regular paint brushes -1-3” wide
  • three small plastic containers with covers
  • masking tape
  • any assortment of papers you would like to experiment with
  • any mark making tools: wooden coffee stirrers, corks from bottles, bread plastic closures, small pieces of plastic such as old credit cards or small covers from storage containers, sponges, combs, commercial stamps with designs, tooth brushes, small pieces of museum board or binder’s board (no cardboard).
  • Awl
  • Bone folder
  • Snap blade knife (Olfa brand recommended)
  • Pencil and eraser

All other materials will be provided by Center for Book Arts at no additional cost.

About Maria Pisano

Maria G. Pisano (she/her) is a book artist, printmaker, curator, and educator.

Her Memory Press works are represented in the Library of Congress, 9-11 Memorial Museum, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Lafayette College, University of Delaware, Wesleyan University, and many more. Ms. Pisano has exhibited widely—including a solo exhibition titled Reflections: Artist Books and Works on Paper.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal participant to Instructor ratio. Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on September 10 at 11:59pm. If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. We will notify you if you are selected to receive a scholarship before the start date of the class. Participants are required to comply with CBA’s Covid-19 health and safety measures.

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