Decorative papers have been made by hand for centuries, and the process of making decorative paper by hand using colored paste has also been around for a while. By applying a mix of acrylic paint with a paste of methyl cellulose and wheat starch onto a sheet of paper, one can make many different kinds of marks, building layers of pattern and color, and ending up with unique combinations. These papers can then be used to cover artist books, boxes, cases, almost anything flat using the same kind of adhesive to adhere the paper to the surface.
Abbie Read has been a mixed media artist for many years, working in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional media. During that time Read enjoyed making artist books. A few years ago Read learned techniques in the Book Arts, and how to properly make a book as well as learning the various processes that go along with it. Read now uses her own paste papers in her own work, which deals more with assemblage than Book Arts. Her art process draws from all kinds of different mediums and approaches.