Karen F Rose My Painting Journey

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tuscan Style - The Art of Handmade Marbleized Paper

Welcome to Il Papiro in Florence.
 Photo © 2010 Karen F Rose
Showing me a sample of marbleized pape
Photo ©  2010 Karen F Rose

"Mr. Boots, my studio assistant cat received excellent care from friends during my recent trip overseas. So great, in fact, I'm not sure he even missed me!

As a thank you, to repay the kindness of his caregivers, I wanted to bring home just a little something from Italy for these friends.
I was  pleased to discover a charming and inviting paper shop, Il Papiro where gift giving ideas abound. 

As their website says, Il Papiro produces hand decorated paper with techniques inspired by the tradition of Tuscany - hand decorated papers on journals, books and photo frames. 
Here's a video link to watch the artisan who demonstrated the steps in this marbleizing process:  video  
If this looks like a creative endeavor you'd like try, here's a link on how to make your own marbleized paper.


Cynthia Morris said...

I love il Papiro! It's in different cities in Italy, so when you're tooling around you can get your marbleized paper elsewhere. Though I think the tradition is from Florence.

Thanks for sharing this moment in your artful travels!

Karen F. Rose said...

Cynthia, thanks for stopping by.
Yes, I read there are Il Papiro shops in the states as well.

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Pam Mingle said...

It's Pam from the Blogging Triage class. I loved your post about Il Papiro, as well as the close up shot of the marbleized paper (and great that you included the video). Your other photos look great, too.

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Karen F. Rose said...

Thanks Pam. It's an interesting process to see on video!