Okay, I'm a paper junkie. As a child I'd love to smell and caress the pages of my new school books in September. That love expanded to beautiful designs on paper, then different textures. Now I'm in love with artists' paper. The subtle differences in texture and weights. The seemingly indestructible Kozo thin tissue that can be hand rolled into a string to attach the pages of my Japanese stab stitch books (tacketing) while I work on them. The equally thin, Mulberry and Chinese Calligraphy paper that can soak up ink without disintegrating while providing sharp edged ink images.
I've discovered St. Armand papers. I used the grey flax, Canal paper on the spine of my Ancestors Journal. Also used it on the cover of my Cherry wood button notebook. I like the rough hewn look of it in a sketchbook.
A deeply textural paper with a handmade look and feel, though it's handmade.
I'm still looking for some good uses for this paper. I' even doing an IKEA hack on the back of my black, light sucking Besta cabinets.
Speaking of IKEA I got a paper roll and holder to use a paper cover on my workspace. The grain of the paper runs lengthwise while you rip it off the roll width wise. This makes it impossible to tear it off in a straight line.
At my book course I discovered Fabriano papers. I even love the name. The fine toothed, ivory sketch paper. It hand tears so beautifully. I love that their Tizano charcoal and pastel papers come in robin's egg blue (expect some sketchbooks with blue) along with 29 other colours.
So, I'm making sketchbooks with the artist in mind. I'm experimenting with different covers like the the Canal paper and the heavy pressed handmade, BFK Rives with its lovely, ragged edges.
Also leathers and cloth. With my last sketchbook I found that the back of the leather was shedding. I thought I'd line it with paper. It worked well though I was concerned about wear and tear. Using a red, laid paper I picked up in Chinatown I glued it to a sample piece of the black leather.
The sample above shows the leather with papers glued on with wheat starch or PVA glue. I ripped it,twisted, rolled it on the edge of the bench. I was going to drive over it, but I don't have a car. The very bottom layer is mulberry paper. So I think I have a solution. I used the mulberry and then the red paper on top.
I'm looking forward to delving deeper into the world of artists' papers. The array of papers seem endless.
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