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

Happy and a Healthy New Year!

December 23, 2009

  Wishing you all Happy Holidays & a Healthy New Year from the crew at TALAS! Keep warm, and remember that we will be closed from Thursday December 24th – Sunday January 3rd. We will be reopening on Monday January 4th. Catch you all when we return in 2010!

Shop with TALAS for the Holidays (Part IV)

December 16, 2009

At this point I assume everyone’s begun to get completely wrapped up in the regular holiday season jargon, as it becomes increasingly difficult to avoid. But who can complain, and who doesn’t love that warm cuddly feeling associated with this time of year? Which is why we think you should consider getting cozy on your … Read More

Shop with TALAS for the Holidays (Part III)

December 15, 2009

Gift Guide #3: Blank Book Journal Kits! Nothing says you care quite like giving the gift of something homemade. Each book kit comes equipped with pretty much all of the materials necessary for binding your own journal (all you’ll need is a bit of Jade glue, a glue brush, and a bone folder). And if … Read More

Shop with TALAS for the Holidays!

December 14, 2009

Gift Guide #2: BOOKS! Give the gift of knowledge this year with one of our wide selection of books and DVDS, and who knows, maybe next year you’ll receive some fantastic handbound masterpieces in return for the holidays! For the aspiring bookbinder, how about: How to Make Books; covers simple folding techniques to more elaborate … Read More

Shop with TALAS for the Holidays!

December 11, 2009

  It’s that time of the year again already: Gift giving season! I can’t speak for all of us – but I know for sure that I’m typically scrambling at the last minute to find gifts to please even the most difficult of recipients. But this year, TALAS is making your holiday shopping easy with … 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

Botanical Painters Visit TALAS

November 12, 2009

Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming the New England Society of Botanical Artists to our shop. Coming straight from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the bus arrived delivering 33 botanical painters to our showroom for the purpose of talking, learning, and purchasing their own vellums & parchments. People often question the distinction between vellum … Read More

TALAS visits San Francisco

November 2, 2009

Thanks to this years Guild of Bookworkers show, TALAS had a fantastic excuse to head west and to spend some time in San Francisco last week. But before the show began, we had the opportunity to visit some customers…     Day 1: Straight from the plane, we made our first port of call at … Read More