FINE HANDMADE PAPERS

Functional papers made in a sustainable way

SHOP READY-TO-SHIP PAPERS

 

THE PAPERMAKING PROCESS

 

The process starts by selecting the proper raw fiber materials for the type of paper desired. Cotton fibers create papers that are thick, soft and bulky, while abaca fibers create paper that is thin and strong. I regularly work with over 15 cellulose materials, from recycled fabrics to raw plant materials, to create a wide variety of papers. Each of them requires special preparation, like sorting, washing or cooking. Then the materials are added to a speciality machine called a Hollander beater. This machine macerates fibers allowing them to swell and absorb water. Each paper type requires special beating treatment, taking anywhere between 3 - 12 hours. 

FIBER PREPARATION + BEATING

Once the fiber is pulped, it is dispersed into a vat of water, and the sheets are pulled. I use a set of tools called a mould and deckle, all of which are custom handmade to the sizes of paper that I make. The mould and deckle is scooped through the watery slurry, then expertly shaken, leaving the fibers evenly distributed on the surface of the mesh. Some fiber creeps under the edge of the deckle, creating the beautiful, natural, uneven deckle edges. In an average day, 100-300 sheets of paper are made in this manner. 

SHEET FORMATION

Each sheet of paper is removed from the mould using a rocking motion called "couching," from the french "couche" meaning to lay down. Many sheets of paper are stacked together, with interleavings, then the stack of papers, called a post, is pressed using hydraulic pressure to remove water and aid in fiber cohesion. My pressing process takes two hours and involves double pressing to assure the sheets are ready for drying. 

COUCHING + PRESSING

My papers are hung to dry in spurs. This drying method allows my papers to dry quickly, but also extremely flat. When dry, the sheets are peeled, which is my favourite part of the process. I love the sound and the sense of accomplishment examining the finished sheets. The final step is sorting. Papers are graded based on formation quality and imperfections. Only the most perfect sheets are sold for full price. Seconds are sold at a discounted price, and third rate sheets, called "broke" are cut for use in collage packs. The papers are then matured under weight to stabilize their moisture content and to allow the  the internal sizings to activate. 

DRYING + SORTING

ABOUT THE PAPERS

 

This 100% cotton rag paper is soft, thick, and bulky. It has natural, soft deckle edges and small threads dance across the surface. Available in 3 weights - 180gsm standard, 220 gsm, heavy-weight, 300gsm double-heavy. The texture is a light fine grain with smooth surface. It is best used for letterpress and other printmaking techniques, especially where an embossment is desired. Also works well for drawing with soft pencil, charcoal, soft pastel, or painting with acrylic, watercolor, and gouache. Not recommended for drawing or writing with sharp instruments, like a pointed pen or hard pencil, or repeated washing and scrubbing, as with some watercolor techniques. 

CLASSIC COTTON COLLECTION

This versatile paper is made from the perfect blend of abaca fibers and cotton rag. Abaca makes hard, resilient, and durable paper. Cotton adds bulk, thickness and softness. Together they create the perfect mixed media paper for fine artists. The color names in this collection pay homage to classic art tools and pigments. It has feathery deckle edges and a homogeneous surface with no visible fibers. Available in the standard weight of 150 gsm. The texture is a light fine grain with smooth surface. This mixed media paper will work well for all fine art media - draw with pencils, charcoal, conte, pastel, or paint with acrylic, watercolor, ink, and gouache. 

MIXED MEDIA COLLECTION

In an attempt to reduce waste, I collect donations of 100% cotton fabric trimmings from local quilters, and turn the waste into this fun paper! After the trimmings are received, they are sorted by color, washed, chopped into small bits, and beaten in the Hollander beater for 6-12 hours before sheet forming. This paper is made from a variety of bright, rainbow-colored fabrics and abaca fibers. It has wild deckled edges with overhanging threads, and a highly textured surface with a wide variety of colored threads and fabric pieces on the face. It is a soft, thick, and bulky paper. Each sheet is unique, and the color distribution will vary batch to batch. Best used for letterpress and collage.  

CONFETTI

ORDERING INFORMATION

STOCK PAPERS

You'll find my most popular paper colors and sizes available for immediate purchase in small quantities in my shop, most of the time. If you need larger quantities, or find the paper you need is temporarily out of stock, you can place an order with no order minimum. Only a deposit of half the order value is required to start the production process (though most customers pay in full at ordering for their own ease), and these orders can be canceled or returned with a refund under most circumstances. 

MADE-TO-ORDER PAPERS

Some of the less popular combinations of paper color and size are available made-to-order only. Orders should be pre-paid before production can begin, and must meet order minimums below. These paper orders cannot be canceled or returned in most situations. 

Order Minimums:

8x10, 11x14, 16x20, all envelopes - 15 sheets

5x7, Stationery flats, 4x4, 7x7 - 50 sheets

Place cards - 150 pieces

CUSTOM PAPERS

Any papers not included on the matrix below are considered custom papers. This could include papers in unique colors, thicknesses or sizes. For custom papers, orders must be pre-paid in full before production can begin and must meet the order minimums below. These paper orders cannot be canceled or returned. 

Order Minimums:

8x10, 11x14, 16x20, all envelopes - 75 sheets

5x7, Stationery flats, 4x4, 7x7 - 250 sheets

Place cards - 750 pieces

PAPER SIZES

I have a large selection of moulds and deckles that allow me to easily make a wide variety of paper sizes, including envelopes with deckle edges on all sides. I can also make paper in any size under 16x20 inches (my press maximum) with a custom order - any dimension your special project requires! (Unfortunately, I am only able to make envelopes in the specifically listed sizes.) 

Available sizes:

  • Place cards - 3.5x2 inches

  • 5x7 inches

  • 8 x 10 inches

  • 11 x 14 inches

  • 16 x 20 inches

  • Squares in 7x7 inches, 4x4 inches

  • Stationery flats in A2, A6, A9

  • Envelopes in A2, A6, A9 and Letter

CUSTOM OPTIONS

I can tint paper to any color, including matching a swatch. (Although I am unable to make papers fluorescent, true black, or bold saturated primaries.) I can make papers from over 15 regular raw materials, or make pulp from something you provide, like fabric trimmings or a beloved silk shirt. (Materials must be cellulose-based - cotton, linen, hemp, or silk.) We can also make beautiful blends of standard fibers, like cotton with just a hint of speckle, or blush pink with confetti threads. I can also make paper to a specific weight or thickness, just let me know what you'd like in terms of gsm. I can also make fancy paper that includes different colors, such as two sided paper, papers that blends from one color to another, or, for instance, include a smaller rectangle in another color in the sheet. My favourite custom orders are making the perfect paper for your project! Lets chat about whats possible! 

OTHER PRICING INFORMATION

Bulk discount: All stock or made-to-order papers are eligible for a 20% off bulk discount for orders totaling over these quantities

8x10, 11x14, 16x20, all envelopes - 75 sheets

5x7, Stationery flats, 4x4, 7x7 - 250 sheets

Place cards - 750 pieces

We can combine papers of different sizes in the same color to meet a minimum order requirement, but not papers of the same size in different colors. 

 

Envelopes: all envelopes are made-to-order, and are available in these sizes - A9, A6, A2, Letter. Lickable envelope glue can be painted on the flap for a small additional charge. If you prefer to do the folding and gluing of the envelopes yourself, let us know for lower pricing. 

 

Wholesale pricing is available to retailers who will sell the paper at a per-sheet price. Stock papers in standard sizes and at-hand papers are available at 50% off list price. Made-to-order papers must meet twice the minimum order sizes. All orders must total over $100.

All types of paper orders will take a minimum of 2 weeks, but can take as long as 8 weeks or longer depending on the size of the order and current order volume. Orders are scheduled in the order they are paid. If you need your order quickly, a rush fee of 50% can be paid to move your order to the top of the queue. 

No paper orders are accepted between October and December. Place your order before September 15th. During this time, my shop will remain open, but may sell out of stock. 

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