Saturday, April 24, 2010

How to Get Started in Printmaking: Choosing a Suitable Printmaking Paper

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to join me.

Choosing a printmaking paper can be a confusing process when you are just starting printmaking. It is very important that you test and measure many papers to find the right paper for a particular printmaking process you are doing.

There are many reputable printmaking merchants world wide who make a range of papers to suit all printmaking process. Often you can request a sample pack of papers from the supplier so you can see the texture and varying tones before you buy.

German Etching Paper; Hahnemuhle Paper
Hahnemuhle have been delivering high quality fine art papers for 420 years and have a paper to satisfy every artists needs ranking them as one of Europe's leading paper producers. They use traditional and proven technologies to produce the paper. A distinguishing feature to Hahnemuhle's paper production has been and will no doubt continue to be the ability to combine traditional with modern technologies to produce papers from old recipes passed through generations to meet the current market and new print technologies.
This German printmaking paper has carved out a special niche for it's self internationally, especially for use with the intaglio technique of aquatint. It is a personal favorite paper of minie which is so soft and supple. It is a great all round paper in my studio especially for drypoint, aquatint and line etching. I'm fond of the warm white.

The paper contains no rag, being made from alfa cellulose (or synthetic cotton). The paper comes in a range of weight size and tones.
Weight: 150gsm, 230 gsm 300 gsm & 350 gsm
Size: 53 x 78 cm, 78 x 106 cm, 78 x 105 cm
Colour: White, Warm White & Cream

I will deliver further information on the different types printmaking papers over the coming week to give you a sound understanding of printmaking papers to purchase.

Jo Lankester

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Hahnemuhle Matte Museum Etching, 100% Rag, Natural White Watercolor Inkjet Paper, 22.0 mil., 350 g/mA, 8.5" x 11", 20 SheetsHahnemuhle Matte Museum Etching, 100% Rag, Natural White Watercolor Inkjet Paper, 22.0 mil., 350 g/mA, 8.5" x 11", 20 Sheets

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