25495Re: Letterpress papers
- Jul 10, 2001Lisa,
You're comments about NY Art Supply are interesting. Since I live in
New York, I just went over there, and have never dealt with them on the
phone. Perhaps their "on the floor" staff is different (and better
informed) than the phone staff (although they didn't seem big enough to
have two separate staffs.) But the sheer magnitude of the selection they
offer truly took my breath away. And as you point out, nothing beats
handling the paper yourself, which you can do there easily in person, and
compare and contrast their full range of stock.
Five Roses Press
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Letterpress Subject: Letterpress papers
Marnie is right: paper with inclusions can damage your type. Not only that,
but if the flowers and petals are on the surface of the paper, kind of half
in, half out, they'll be pulled out and stick to the rollers, type, and
everywhere else you don't want them to. I wouldn't rule out printing on
these beautiful papers, just be careful choosing them and don't use
irreplaceable dingbats or type. Also often one side of the sheet has more
widely scattered or more deeply buried inclusions than the other.
David Rose's reply about NY Central surprised me, as my one experience and
a friend's several experiences buying from them were pretty
awful--uninformed, rude (telephone) salespeople, wrong order written down
(which luckily I found out early on as what the person wrote down didn't
exist, so they called me!), order arrived 5 days later than promised. Their
prices are great, but keep in mind that while the catalog states shipping &
handling will be about 15% of the price, in my case it was 22%. So the
prices end up not so much better than I can find locally. Still, they do
have a stupendous range of papers, and I'll probably bite again.
Clair, once you get their catalog, you'll see some great options for sample
packs from the different paper makers; you can also compile your own
individualized sampler. This is a really good way to see, fondle and drool
on a lot of papers for very little money.
>Clair wrote: I think that paper for letterpress work is the hardest thing
>get information on. I am always curious about what others wouldSome of my favorites are Johannot heavy, Somerset velvet, Magnani Pescia,
>print keepsakes on, and especially on what papers they like best
>and have the most success with. Do you print with it after it's
>been humidified or do you use it dry?
Rives BFK, Frankfurt, Mouchette. I feel like I'm getting better at
recognizing whether a hitherto untried paper will work for letterpress, but
one issue is you can't always tell if it's sized or not (not is way
better). Art supply stores and catalogs often do specify. Printing on
dampened paper gives wonderful results, but takes a lot more planning. And
I don't really have enough space for drying, if it's a large edition. It's
a good thing to keep in mind though if printing dry isn't working
right--dampened paper can make all the difference.
Yours in paper lust,
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