Paper samples from Somerset

"SOMERSET", Papermill ST. CUTHBERTS-INVERESK PLC

The manufacture of artists' papers here in the Axe Valley in Somerset originated at the neighbouring Wookey Hole Mill and the tradition continued when St. Cuthberts took that over. As demand for the mill's papers increased, production was actually transferred to the St. Cuthberts site where artists' mouldmade grades are now manufactured. A combination of traditional craftmanship, modern technology and computer control has allowed these artists' papers to become a first-class range.

The difference between various Somerset papers is largely in the surface structure, not in the composition of the paper (pulp). The paper colour can be different. Below you see the four surface structures of Somerset papers. Just to compare the structures. For that reason the differences have been enhanced.

Somerset Book

no clear structure

Somerset Satin

Somerset Velvet

Somerset Textured

Below you see the different "colours", from "radiant white", white, soft white (off-white) to buff, antique and black. The Somerset papers are always combinations of colour, surface structure, weight and size.

Somerset - Book Papers White (2 deckle edges) 115 Gm² 18x23 cm (7"x9"), paper sample

St. Cuthberts Mill
027137
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This 100% cotton mouldmade paper has become the paper of choice for limited edition book printers who require a sheet to be consistent, stable, have great tensile strength and sizing characteristics that allow for printing applications using cold or hot type.

This 100% cotton mouldmade paper has become the paper of choice for limited edition book printers who require a sheet to be consistent, stable, have great tensile strength and sizing characteristics that allow for printing applications using cold or hot type.
The paper has been tested and used by the best book printers in the world, including world renowned Arion Press. In 1998 they selected Somerset Book to print a limited leather-bound edition of the "The Bible" that has become one of the most sought after editions printed in the last century .
The surface of Somerset Book has just enough texture to be ideal for graphite pencil, pastel and charcoal in addition to its intended use as a world class book paper.

specifications:

  • mould made in England
  • 100 % cotton
  • neutrala pH
  • acid free
  • chlorine free
  • 2 deckle edges
  • lightly sized (internal sizing)

applications:

  • Book Binding
  • Calligraphy
  • Laser
  • Letterpress
  • Offset
  • Pen & Ink
  • Pastel & Charcoal
  • Relief Printing
  • Silkscreen
  • Stationery

Dimensions sample 18x23 cm (7"x9")

Somerset, Satin, White, 100% cotton, 250 gr. 18x23 cm (7"x9"), paper sample

St. Cuthberts Mill
027107
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satinwhite = silk-structure, 250 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing.

satinwhite = silk-structure, 250 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing. The paper has a long life. The paper is buffered with calcium carbonate to protect it agains an acid environment. Mould made paper has a greater surface stability than paper made on a Fourdrinier machine.

specifications:

  • mould made in England
  • 100 % cotton
  • neutral pH
  • acid free
  • chlorine free
  • 4 deckle edges
  • watermark
  • lightly sized (internal sizing)

applications:

  • relief printing (woodcut, linocut)
  • lithography
  • embossing
  • intaglio (etching, engraving)
  • offset
  • typography
  • serigraphy
  • book arts


watermark, dimensions appr. 7x2,5 cm (3"x1")

Dimensions paper sample 18x23 cm (7"x9")

Somerset Satin White, 300 gr. 18x23cm (7"x9") paper sample

St. Cuthberts Mill
027112
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satinwhite = silk-structure, 300 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure.

satinwhite = silk-structure, 300 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing. The paper has a long life. The paper is buffered with calcium carbonate to protect it agains an acid environment. Mould made paper has a greater surface stability than paper made on a Fourdrinier machine.

specifications:

  • mould made in England
  • 100 % cotton
  • neutrala pH
  • acid free
  • chlorine free
  • 4 deckle edges
  • watermark
  • lightly sized (internal sizing)

applications:

  • relief printing (woodcut, linocut)
  • lithography
  • embossing
  • intaglio (etching, engraving)
  • offset
  • typography
  • serigraphy
  • book arts

Dimensions sample 18x23 cm (7"x9")

Somerset, Satin, Soft White, 300 gr. 18x23 cm (7"x9"), Paper sample

St. Cuthberts Mill
027179
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satin white = silk-structure, 300 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing. Soft white, is a white between white and buff. (light off-white)

satinwhite = silk-structure, 300 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing. The paper has a long life. The paper is buffered with calcium carbonate to protect it agains an acid environment. Mould made paper has a greater surface stability than paper made on a Fourdrinier machine. Soft white, is a white between white and buff. (light off-white)

specifications:

  • mould made in England
  • 100 % cotton
  • neutral pH
  • acid free
  • chlorine free
  • 4 deckle edges
  • watermark
  • lightly sized (internal sizing)
  • soft white

applications:

  • relief printing (woodcut, linocut)
  • lithography
  • embossing
  • intaglio (etching, engraving)
  • offset
  • typography
  • serigraphy
  • book arts


watermark, dimensions appr. 7x2,5 cm (3"x1")

Dimensions paper sample 18x23 cm (7"x9")

Somerset, Velvet, Radiant White, 250 gr. 18x23 cm (7"x9") , paper sample

St. Cuthberts Mill
027167
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Velvet. The surface has slightly more structure than satin. 250 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results.

Velvet. The surface has slightly more structure than satin. 250 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing. The paper has a long life. The paper is buffered with calcium carbonate to protect it agains an acid environment. Mould made paper has a greater surface stability than paper made on a Fourdrinier machine.

specifications:

  • mould made in England
  • 100 % cotton
  • neutral pH
  • acid free
  • chlorine free
  • 4 deckle edges
  • watermark
  • lightly sized (internal sizing)
  • radiant white

applications:

  • relief printing (woodcut, linocut)
  • lithography
  • embossing
  • intaglio (etching, engraving)
  • offset
  • typography
  • screen print
  • book arts


watermark, dimensions appr. 7x2,5 cm (3"x1")

Dimensions paper sample 18x23 cm (7"x 9")

Somerset, Velvet, Radiant White, 330 gr. 18x23 cm (7"x9"), 100% cotton, paper sample

St. Cuthberts Mill
027182
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Velvet radiant white. Velvet has a bit more surface structure than satin. 330 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. Watermark. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing. The paper has a long life.

Velvet radiant white. Velvet has a bit more surface structure than satin. 330 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. Watermark. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing. The paper has a long life. The paper is buffered with calcium carbonate to protect it agains an acid environment. Mould made paper has a greater surface stability than paper made on a Fourdrinier machine.

specifications:

  • mould made in England
  • 100 % cotton
  • neutral pH
  • acid free
  • chlorine free
  • 2 deckle edges + 2 hand torn edges
  • watermark
  • lightly sized (internal sizing)
  • velvet radiant white

applications:

  • relief printing (woodcut, linocut)
  • lithography
  • embossing
  • intaglio (etching, engraving)
  • offset
  • typography
  • serigraphy
  • book arts


dimensions appr. 7x2,5 cm (3"x2")

Dimensions paper sample 18x23 cm (7"x 9")

Somerset, Velvet, White, 100% cotton, 250 gr. 18x23 cm (7"x9"), paper sample

St. Cuthberts Mill
027185
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Velvet white. Velvet has a bit more surface structure than satin. 250 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. Watermark. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results.

Velvet white; meer oppervlaktestructuur dan satin-white. 250 gr., geschikt voor diepdruk, blinddruk, hoogdruk, typografie, lithografie en zeefdruk. 100% katoen. Het oppervlak heeft een zachte structuur. Het papier is sterk en stabiel genoeg om uitstekende drukresultaten te behalen. Het blijft vlak na het drukken. Het papier heeft een zeer lange levensduur. Het papier is gebufferd met calcium carbonaat om het te beschermen tegen een zure omgeving. Papier dat gemaakt is op een rondzeefmachine heeft een grote stabiliteit in de het oppervlak en is sterker dan papier dat op een Fourdrinier machine (langzeef) gemaakt is.

specificaties:

  • gemaakt op een rondzeefmachine in Engeland
  • 100 % katoen
  • neutrale pH
  • zuurvrij
  • chloorvrij
  • 4 schepranden
  • watermerk
  • licht gelijmd (in de stof)
  • wit

toepassingen:

  • hoogdruk (houtsnede, linosnede)
  • lithografie
  • preegdruk
  • blinddruk
  • diepdruk (etsen, gravure)
  • offset
  • typografie
  • zeefdruk
  • boekkunst


watermerk, afmeting ongeveer 7x2,5 cm

Afmetingen papiermonster 18x23 cm

Somerset, Velvet, White, 100% cotton, 300 gr. 18x23cm (7"x9"), paper sample

St. Cuthberts Mill
027142
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Velvet white. Velvet has a bit more surface structure than satin. 300 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. Watermark. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results.

Velvet white. Velvet has a bit more surface structure than satin. 300 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. Watermark. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing. The paper has a long life. The paper is buffered with calcium carbonate to protect it agains an acid environment. Mould made paper has a greater surface stability than paper made on a Fourdrinier machine.

specifications:

  • mould made in England
  • 100 % cotton
  • neutral pH
  • acid free
  • chlorine free
  • 2 deckle edges + 2 hand torn edges
  • watermark
  • lightly sized (internal sizing)
  • white

applications:

  • relief printing (woodcut, linocut)
  • lithography
  • embossing
  • intaglio (etching, engraving)
  • offset
  • typography
  • serigraphy
  • book arts


dimensions appr. 7x2,5 cm (3"x2")

Dimensions paper sample 18x23 cm (7"x9")

Somerset, Velvet, Soft White, 300 gr. 18x23 cm, (7"x9") paper sample

St. Cuthberts Mill
027170
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Velvet soft white. Velvet has a bit more surface structure than satin. Soft white means "off-white". 300 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. Watermark. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing.

Velvet soft white. Velvet has a bit more surface structure than satin. Soft white means "off-white". 300 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. Watermark. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing. The paper has a long life. The paper is buffered with calcium carbonate to protect it agains an acid environment. Mould made paper has a greater surface stability than paper made on a Fourdrinier machine.

specifications:

  • mould made in England
  • 100 % cotton
  • neutrala pH
  • acid free
  • chlorine free
  • 2 deckle edges + 2 hand torn edges
  • watermark
  • lightly sized (internal sizing)
  • soft white (off-white)

applications:

  • relief printing (woodcut, linocut)
  • lithography
  • embossing
  • intaglio (etching, engraving)
  • offset
  • typography
  • serigraphy
  • book arts


Watermark, dimensions appr. 7x2,5 cm (3"x2")

Dimensions sample 18x23 cm (7"x9")

Somerset, Velvet, Antique, 250 gr. 18x23cm (7"x9"), 100% cotton, paper sample

St. Cuthberts Mill
027154
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Velvet. The surface has slightly more structure than satin. Antique refers to the colour, sligthly creme with a grey hue. 250 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results.

Velvet. The surface has slightly more structure than satin. Antique refers to the colour, sligthly creme with a grey hue. 250 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing. The paper has a long life. The paper is buffered with calcium carbonate to protect it agains an acid environment. Mould made paper has a greater surface stability than paper made on a Fourdrinier machine.

specifications:

  • mould made in England
  • 100 % cotton
  • neutral pH
  • acid free
  • chlorine free
  • 4 deckle edges
  • watermark
  • lightly sized (internal sizing)
  • light creme with grey hue

applications:

  • relief printing (woodcut, linocut)
  • lithography
  • embossing
  • intaglio (etching, engraving)
  • offset
  • typography
  • serigraphy
  • book arts


watermark, dimensions appr. 7x2,5 cm (3"x1")

Dimensions paper sample 18x23 cm (7"x 9")

Somerset, Velvet, Newsprint Grey, 250 gr. 18x23 cm (7"x9"), 100% cotton, paper sample

St. Cuthberts Mill
027150
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Velvet. The surface has slightly more structure than satin. News-print refers to the colour, sligthly grey with a creme hue. 250 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. 100% cotton. The surface has a matt structure.

Velvet. The surface has slightly more structure than satin. News-print refers to the colour, sligthly grey with a creme hue. 250 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. 100% cotton. The surface has a matt structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing. The paper has a long life. The paper is buffered with calcium carbonate to protect it agains an acid environment. Mould made paper has a greater surface stability than paper made on a Fourdrinier machine.

specifications:

  • mould made in England
  • 100 % cotton
  • neutral pH
  • acid free
  • chlorine free
  • 4 deckle edges
  • watermark
  • lightly sized (internal sizing)
  • light grey with a creme hue

applications:

  • relief printing (woodcut, linocut)
  • lithography
  • embossing
  • intaglio (etching, engraving)
  • offset
  • typography
  • serigraphy
  • book arts


watermark, dimensions appr. 7x2,5 cm (3"x1")

Dimensions paper sample 18x23 cm (7"x9")

Somerset, Velvet, Black, 250 gr. 18x23 cm (7"x9"), 100% cotton, paper sample

St. Cuthberts Mill
027162
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Velvet. The surface has slightly more structure than satin. 250 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing.

Velvet. The surface has slightly more structure than satin. 250 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. 100% cotton. The surface has a smooth structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing. The paper has a long life. The paper is buffered with calcium carbonate to protect it agains an acid environment. Mould made paper has a greater surface stability than paper made on a Fourdrinier machine.

specifications:

  • mould made in England
  • 100 % cotton
  • neutral pH
  • acid free
  • chlorine free
  • 4 deckle edges
  • watermark
  • lightly sized (internal sizing)
  • black

applications:

  • relief printing (woodcut, linocut)
  • lithography
  • embossing
  • intaglio (etching, engraving)
  • offset
  • typography
  • serigraphy
  • book arts


watermark, dimensions appr. 7x2,5 cm (3"x1")

Dimensions paper sample 18x23 cm

Somerset, Textured, White, 300 gr. 18x23 cm (7"x9"), 100% cotton, paper sample

St. Cuthberts Mill
027158
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Textured white. Textured has more surface structure than velvet. 300 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. Watermark. 100% cotton. The surface has a soft and rough structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results.

Textured white. Textured has more surface structure than velvet. 300 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. Watermark. 100% cotton. The surface has a soft and rough structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing. The paper has a long life. The paper is buffered with calcium carbonate to protect it agains an acid environment. Mould made paper has a greater surface stability than paper made on a Fourdrinier machine.

specifications:

  • mould made in England
  • 100 % cotton
  • neutral pH
  • acid free
  • chlorine free
  • 2 deckle edges + 2 hand torn edges
  • watermark
  • lightly sized (internal sizing)
  • white

applications:

  • relief printing (woodcut, linocut)
  • lithography
  • embossing
  • intaglio (etching, engraving)
  • offset
  • typography
  • serigraphy
  • book arts


dimensions appr. 7x2,5 cm (3"x2")

Dimensions paper sample 18x23 cm (7"x9")

Somerset, Textured, Cream, 250 gr. 18x23 cm (7"x9"), paper sample

St. Cuthberts Mill
027173
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Textured cream. Textured has more surface structure than velvet. 250 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. Watermark. 100% cotton. The surface has a soft and rough structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results.

Textured cream. Textured has more surface structure than velvet. 250 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. Watermark. 100% cotton. The surface has a soft and rough structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing. The paper has a long life. The paper is buffered with calcium carbonate to protect it agains an acid environment. Mould made paper has a greater surface stability than paper made on a Fourdrinier machine.

specifications:

  • mould made in England
  • 100 % cotton
  • neutral pH
  • acid free
  • chlorine free
  • 2 deckle edges + 2 hand torn edges
  • watermark
  • lightly sized (internal sizing)
  • cream

applications:

  • relief printing (woodcut, linocut)
  • lithography
  • embossing
  • intaglio (etching, engraving)
  • offset
  • typography
  • serigraphy
  • book arts


dimensions appr. 7x2,5 cm (3"x2")

Dimensions paper sample 18x23 cm (7"x9")

Somerset, Textured, Cream, 300 gr. 18x23 cm, (7"x9") paper sample

St. Cuthberts Mill
027176
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Textured cream. Textured has more surface structure than velvet. 300 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. Watermark. 100% cotton. The surface has a soft and rough structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results.

Textured cream. Textured has more surface structure than velvet. 300 gr, suitable for intaglio, embossing, blockprint, typography, lithography and screenprint. Watermark. 100% cotton. The surface has a soft and rough structure. The paper is strong and stable enough for excellent results. It remains flat after printing. The paper has a long life. The paper is buffered with calcium carbonate to protect it agains an acid environment. Mould made paper has a greater surface stability than paper made on a Fourdrinier machine.

specifications:

  • mould made in England
  • 100 % cotton
  • neutral pH
  • acid free
  • chlorine free
  • 2 deckle edges + 2 hand torn edges
  • watermark
  • lightly sized (internal sizing)
  • cream

applications:

  • relief printing (woodcut, linocut)
  • lithography
  • embossing
  • intaglio (etching, engraving)
  • offset
  • typography
  • serigraphy
  • book arts


dimensions appr. 7x2,5 cm (3"x2")

Dimensions paper sample 18x23 cm (7"x9")