Paste Paper

Paste paper and Marbleized papers emerged as an alternative to binding books in leather. Used as cover wraps. Check out this longer article about the history and practice on the Peabody Essex Museum Library website. And there is this simple PDF from the Cornell Library about how to as well.

Basic starch paste glue recipe:

1 part Starch{wheat flour, corn starch, rice starch}

6 parts water

Mix starch in 2 parts water

In a separate pot bring remaining water to a boil. Once boiling remove from heat, vigorously stir in initial starch and water mixture; Then cover and let cool, strain if left long enough that a solid forms on top.