Paper Canvas Making: Part 1

These are the things that you will need to make Jean’s special paper canvas...

A wooden frame.


Here is one of Jean’s very large panel frames.

Mulberry paper in Jean Tori Art Studio 2021
Paper canvas making brushes Jean Tori art studio 2021


A hard bristle brush - much like the brushes in the lower right-hand corner of the photograph.


A wooden frame.


Here is one of Jean’s very large panel frames.

Wooden frame in Jean Tori art studio 2021
Jean making a paper canvas in her studio 2010


You can also use a smaller wooden frame.

You need a hollow frame so that the paper can dry and so that you can have access to the back, as seen here with Jean beginning work on a paper canvas.

You will also need flour/water glue. Here’s the recipe:



100 grams (3.5 ounces) of white flour and 1/2 litre (1 pint) of water.



  1. Slowly add the water to the flour and mix together in a bowl (preferably glass or stainless steel).
  2. Stir well to remove lumps for a smooth liquid consistency.
  3. Place the bowl in the fridge/refrigerator for at least 10 hours.
  4. After this time, remove and drain any water that may have risen to the top.
  5. Add fresh water (¾ litre/ 1.5 pints) to the mixture and combine together.
  6. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and slowly bring to the boil.
  7. Keep stirring and make sure that no lumps form. As the mixture heats up it will thicken.
  8. Once boiled, lower the heat to a minimum and simmer for another 20 min, all the while stirring.
  9. Turn off the gas, give the mixture a final stir and leave it to cool.
  10. Once cooled, transfer the glue from the saucepan back to the bowl (cleaned) and put it in the fridge for a few hours.
Jean Tori making flour glue 2021

In Part 2, we’ll continue showing you how to use all these elements to create your own paper canvas. In the meantime, here are some of Jean’s textured paper samples.

Paper samples some with paint samples Jean Tori 2021