What is a pulp painting?

Pulp painting refers to a process of using finely beaten pigmented cellulose fiber as a media for creating imagery on handmade paper.

The finely ground pigmented pulp can be applied in a number of ways including spraying, squirting or hand applying with a brush or other painting tools.  This can only be done just after the sheet has been formed, while it is still wet (i.e., before it is pressed). 

Many of my works are done this way using silkscreens that have been made from my drawings, or hand-drawn and hand-cut stencils or sometimes using various materials from nature, like kozo bark lace, leaves, or other natural detritus.

The result is a unique way of creating imagery that allows the pigmented pulp to become part of the actual paper instead of sitting on top of the substrate. 

 

 

a pulp print generated from a silkscreen image