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Paper Casting Online, March 2022

March 13, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


A 2-Day Online Workshop!

Sundays, March 13 and 20, 1pm-4pm ET via Zoom

About this Workshop:

Learn an extremely accessible method of paper casting by casting directly on the form without the use of molds or pulp. Using found objects, unryu (mulberry) Japanese paper, and methyl cellulose, you will learn how to make hollow cast paper forms (both relief and three-dimensional). This is an extremely low-tech, cost-effective method that can be done at any kitchen table or home studio! You will be asked to bring your own found objects to cast.

Level: All levels welcome – no previous paper experience required

Registration closes March 3, 2022 to allow time for students to gather/purchase their materials. With your registration you’ll receive the full materials list (with helpful links) to purchase your items, any helpful handouts about the process, as well as a quick 1-page “how-to” on downloading and using the Zoom video app.

Sample images by Melissa Ezelle


Please Note: The online session will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic’s private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded. Access to the recording(s) will be made available to all participants for a limited time.


At registration, students will receive the full materials list (with any helpful links) to gather/purchase supplies. The list includes:

  • Methyl Cellulose – see Blick or Amazon
  • 1 roll (11″ x 60′) of Unryu paper
  • A variety of watercolor or soft bristle brushes
  • A small cellulose sponge
  • 2 plastic food containers (yogurt sized)
  • A tablespoon for measuring
  • A spoon for mixing
  • 2-3 found objects to experiment with, found from a thrift store, yard sale, or around the house. Must be objects you wouldn’t mind manipulating, and not something precious. Do not choose soft or flat objects made of paper, fabric, or organic material. Glass, metal, or coated wood work well.  
  • Several (more than 10) #11 X-acto blades with #1 X-acto holder
  • 1 roll of Blue Painters Tape
  • 1 can of Smooth-On Brand universal silicone Mold Release Spray
  • (Optional) Shellac or acrylic sealant spray to coat found objects.


Melissa Ezelle has spent the past 15 years as a professional teaching artist, fundraiser and arts administrator. She has taught classes in lithography, intaglio, and mixed media at Pyramid since 2013 and teaches visual art at Montgomery College. She is a Private Studio Artist at Pyramid and recently completed her year of service as an Pyramid’s AmeriCorps VISTA. She continues to exhibit her work locally. You can see more of Melissa’s work at https://augusta-mae-press.square.site.

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