Decorative Papers

Paste Papers

Custom made Paste Papers are designed and individually painted by Susan Kristoferson. These are contemporary versions of decorative papers first painted by 17th Century European book binders. Single papers and large editions can be ordered in any colour.  I specialize in custom work and can create unique proprietary papers. Contact me to discuss your ideas and needs!

I blend high quality acrylic paints into a cooked starch medium and hand painted onto high quality paper which results in moisture resistant flexible papers.  The designs are created with tools that are drawn or stamped in specific movements to produce the desired visual effects.  Parent sheet papers sized approximately 23 x 35″ are painted.  Most papers are sold as half-sheets, sized 17.5 x 22″.  The majority of papers are 100% cotton or tree-free hemp.   These paste papers are ideal for book covers and end sheets as well as decorative window displays, product backdrops, elegant gift wrap, framing details, creative accents and artistic endeavours.  The patterns may be licensed for design applications and commercial uses.

Itajime Papers

Contemporary, individually colored itajime (fold and dye) papers are designed and produced by Kristoferson Studio.  They are based on a Japanese dyed paper folk tradition of intricate fold and clamp shibori techniques.  High quality calligraphy inks that are light fast and wash-fast are used to color these papers.  Various colors of the calligraphy ink are applied to dry fold and clamped papers to achieve the characteristic repeat patterns.

The majority of papers used are thin, un-sized papers that have great wet strength.  Frequently the papers have a percentage of long paper fibers such as mitzumata, kozo and gampi.  Many other types, weights and sizes of papers, including heavy hemp papers, gossamer lace and papers from a long roll can be used at your request.  Kristoferson Studio usually dyes sheet papers sized approximately 18 x 24″.  The papers are useful for many bookarts,arts and interior design applications.  Editions of papers are available if ordered simultaneously.

18 x 24″ itajime papers are US or CAN $20. Large itajime panels begin at $300 each.