Saturday, May 1, 2010

How to Get Started in Printmaking: Lana Printmaking Paper

Hi, and thank you for reading my blog.
Lana printmaking papers are made in a little independent French mill located in the village of Duxelles. The mill was founded in the 16th century supplying the monasteries and a university in region of Duxelles. In 1795 the mill was refurbished with new equipment  with a cylindrical beater allowing the mill to increase it's paper production to the growing demands of Lana papers. The mill closed at the beginning of World War 1 and reopened in 1922 with new equipment and and staff who exported Lana papers throughout Europe gaining quite a reputation with many fine artists and printmakers including Miro and Dali. In recent times the well known paper producer International Paper invested 10 million dollars to modernize the mill and Lana continues to supply an international market of a broad range of quality archival papers. The mill is renowned for quality control and French sizing
Lana paper is the producer of excellent printmaking papers similar to Arches Rives, it is heavily sized, but at a lower price. 
Lana Royal - Printmaking This paper is often selected for its pleasant off-white warm colour. It is relatively lightly sized for a printmaking paper, and similar to Hahnemuhle except for it being 100% cotton, and Hot Pressed like Arches 88. It has a deckle-edged and comes in weights of 250 gsm and 300 gsm and two sizes, 78 x 106 and 53 x 78 cm.

Lana Aquarelle - Oversize comes in Fin and Satine both 100 x 150 cm and weighs 640 gsm.
Lana Aquarelle - Rolls are 100% cotton and are 1.3 meters wide x 10 meters in length wound on to a large diameter core reducing the paper curl. The rolls come in two weights of 300 gsm and 640 gsm.

Happy printing.

Jo Lankester
The Printmaking Bible: The Complete Guide to Materials and TechniquesThe Printmaking Bible: The Complete Guide to Materials and Techniques

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