How to Alum Paper for Marbling

March 22, 2017

Watch this post as a video here! Marbling paper in the Ebru (Turkish) style of marbling requires that the paper first be treated using a mordant, in this case an alum mixture.  The alum helps the pigments used in marbling to adhere to the paper.  Without a mordant the pigments will slide off the paper. Alum, … Read More

The Importance of Paper

March 10, 2011

Interesting video on the significance of well preserved and constructed documents. Want to learn more about Byron Weston paper? Check it out on our website here. Byron Weston Linen Record Ledger has been the National Standard for permanent records since 1863. For over 140 years Bryon Weston papers have continued to meet the highest standards … Read More

Zund Cuts Leather!

December 20, 2010

Not only has the Zund been proven wonderful at cutting boards, papers, etc. but it rose to the challenge when presented with leather! The image above shows Harmatan Goatskin (brown) and Hewits Calfskin (scarlet). Talk about a precise inlay!

Rice paper, what’s that? Japanese Fibers: Demystified

November 22, 2010

Western papers are enough to wrap our hands around… but then we enter the sphere of Japanese Papers. Welcome to Washi world!All too often, students visit Talas requesting “Rice Paper”. I don’t know what that is, do you? In the Japanese Paper (or Washi) 101 handbook, papers can be broken down into 3 key fibers: … Read More

Casing In A Book

October 28, 2010

10 steps for casing in a book block. Materials: Find one concise page of materials here. PVA Adhesive: Jade 403 Glue Brush Mull / Super / Tarlatan (one in the same) Bone Folder or Burnisher Kraft Paper Scalpel Handle & Scalpel Blades Binder’s Board Covering Material (Bookcloth) and of course… your book block! 1. Place the book … Read More

Marbling Paper, the Age Old Question

September 16, 2010

What paper is best for making marbled paper? This age old question has been asked for centuries… and quite frankly we have always been a little confused as to what the best option may be. When talking about papers these days, it is nearly impossible to neglect to acknowledge Buffering agents. Most of our papers … Read More

Mounting Parchment & Vellum

January 26, 2010

Materials Vellum: size of board + 40mm all around Board: 12mm Plywood Glue: Starch Paste Lining Paper: Standard (acid-free) 1. Line the upper surface of your board with lining paper – usually white or light cream, as it will affect the color of the vellum. Use Acid-Free paper for longevity. 2. Dampen Vellum on both … Read More

Buffered vs. Unbuffered Tissue

January 7, 2010

This question is commonly asked, and we feel it is important to outline the differences, and thus the preferred uses of each. Buffered Tissue has an alkaline, or basic, composition (ie pH above neutral; pH 7), which usually is achieved by adding calcium carbonate to these tissues. Instances when this buffered surface would be preferable … Read More

Cutting Binder’s Board

December 4, 2009

Cutting binder’s board can be quite difficult, particularly when working with a heavier weight board. There are many approaches to take when cutting these boards, but I’ll lay out a few I feel are important to discuss and address some of the pros and cons of each. Guillotine: Arguably the best way to cut your … Read More

Beat to a Pulp

October 9, 2009

Your Short Guide to Paper Selection   Ever walk into an art store for some paper and get completely floored by the seemingly infinite number of options and indecipherable codes? Don’t worry, you are not alone! Below I will map the basics to help you decipher some of the foreign hieroglyphics of paper codes and … Read More