Watermark Drawing

Handmade Cotton Paper

This handmade watermark drawing was made during a residency at the Museum of Paper in Fabriano, Italy. It was created by artist Kate Ive.

She learned the historic and traditional art of making handmade paper watermarks from a master craftsman and world specialist in the art of handmade watermarks. This skilled technique uses only light and the thickness of the paper to create an image. It is embedded within the page itself.

The piece began as a hand-carved wax before being translated into the paper mould and dipped in paper pulp. The unique design is not on the page but rather in the page, created purely by the thickness of the page. Where the paper is thickest less light travels through appearing dark. While in the thinnest parts more light shines through appearing light. Thus creating a unique tonal image within this handmade watermark drawing.