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Butterfly Wing Paper and Reverse Pulp Painting

June 24 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm



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Butterfly Wing Paper and Reverse Pulp Painting, June 2023 Registration
$ 414.00
6 available

A 2-Day Workshop Intensive!

Saturday and Sunday, June 24th and June 25th, 11am-5pm 

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About this Workshop:

Butterfly-wing paper is a technique developed by the teaching artist in which a frame is wrapped tightly with thread and then dipped in various pulp fibers to create thin sheets with thread inclusions (or thread embedded in the paper). There are endless possibilities to explore with this unique technique–threads can be woven, different kinds of pulp create various interesting effects with translucency and opacity, and frames can be designed to create specific patterns. Students will learn this papermaking technique, as well as how to use natural pigments to add color while experimenting with different kinds of pulp. We will also experiment with a technique called “Cloud paper” or reverse pulp painting, where layers of pulp are applied by hand to a backing sheet, allowed to dry, and then carefully peeled away.  It is possible to make extremely thin sheets of paper, with a variety of interesting effects this way.  Neither of these techniques requires a press or a dry box, making them accessible to people without access to those tools.  

Students will complete one small finished work of butterfly wing paper, and cloud paper, as well as many small experimental samples.

Level: All levels welcome – no experience necessary

Registration closes June 10, 2023. Material fees are included with your registration, though a list of additional items needed to be gathered/purchased will be sent with your confirmation.

Sample images by Hannah O’Hare Bennett


Registration includes a $35 materials fee to cover the supplies provided in class, including pulp, pigments, and other paper studio supplies. In addition, students will need to gather/purchase additional supplies to bring to class. At registration, students will receive the full materials list (with any helpful links) to purchase these supplies. The list includes:

  • 1 turkey baster, any size
  • 1 yard premium muslin (wash before bringing to class) 
  • 10 empty plastic containers (large yogurt containers are a good size)
  • 4-10 empty wooden picture frames (thrift stores are a good source for these)
  • 1 spool of sewing thread, any color 
  • Non-fuzzy string/thread as desired
  • Scissors
  • Sketchbook
  • Spray bottle


Hannah O’Hare Bennett is an artist, papermaker, and educator based in Madison, WI.  She holds a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Kansas (1998) and an MFA in Design Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison (2017).  Between those degrees, she worked as a farmer, Peace Corps Volunteer (Ecuador, 2004-2006), and produce manager, manual labor that informs her current subject matter and manner of creating art.  Since completing her MFA she has had many residencies, taught fiber arts and papermaking workshops and shown her work in group and solo shows across the country.   She has taught college courses at Mount Mary University and University of Montana Western, and works as a substitute teacher for the Madison Metropolitan School District.  Learn more about her work at www.hannahoharebennett.com.

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