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This is another technique in which a thin layer of blue paper is layered over a finished layer of white paper to create a two-layer structure. Before the light blue layer dries, water droplets are dropped from above which, on impact, displace the blue fibers leaving white circles (hence the name “polka dots paper”). The example you see is from the 17th century; I have never seen an earlier one, so it is likely that this paper began to be used around that time.





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