Canson Paper Samples:
Arches, BFK-Rives,
Johannot, Gué, 18x23cm (7x9")

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The history of the "Arches-paper-factory"
Arches description of Mould-made paper.
Velin Arches is a popular mould-made French paper. 100% cotton, two deckle edges. Acid free and calcium carbonate buffered. Slightly warmer and more structure then the BFK-Rives. For all printing techniques, also used as a cover for storing old prints. Internally sized.

BFK rives (Vélin cuve BFK rives) is made by Arches. Less sized then Vélin Arches and whiter. Also the surface is smoother. Acid free and calcium carbonate buffered. Collotype, Drawing, Intaglio, Linocut, Lithography, Monotype, Relief printing and screenprinting. Two natural deckle edges.

Velin Arches, 160 gr, White, 18x23 cm (7"x9"), paper sample

Arches
027461
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Velin Arches is a popular mould-made French paper. 100% cotton, two deckle edges. Acid free and calcium carbonate buffered. Slightly warmer and more structure then the BFK-Rives. For all printing techniques, also used as a cover for storing old prints. Internally sized. white 100% cotton (linters)

Velin Arches is a popular mould-made French paper. 100% cotton, two deckle edges. Acid free and calcium carbonate buffered. Slightly warmer and more structure then the BFK-Rives. For all printing techniques, also used as a cover for storing old prints. Internally sized. white 100% cotton (linters).
It seems that this premier mouldmade 100% cotton fine art paper has been in the market forever. It has certainly been the standard for all of the other deluxe fine art printmaking grades that followed.
The paper's internal sizing and minimal surface sizing allow it to be dampened (instead of having to be soaked overnight) in preparation for printing. Please take note however that the soaking stage is subjective and obviously follows the specific needs of the artist.
Its ability to print wet, damp or dry and it’s subtle texture make it a versatile sheet for all printmaking techniques. The paper has proven to be very dimensionally stable and will take repeated passes through a hand or automated litho or etching press without showing any cracking near the plate edges.
Although Arches Cover is a paper devoted to the printmaking process, over the years it has won the hearts of pencil, pastel and charcoal artists who favor the rich feel of a soft and supple paper with a modest surface texture.

Specifications:

  • Mouldmade in France
  • 100% Cotton
  • Neutral pH
  • Acid Free
  • Chlorine Free
  • 4 deckles (sheets)
  • Lightly sized
  • NOT (not smoothly pressed) , average structure

Applications:

  • Hand Lithography
  • Intaglio
  • Letterpress
  • Offset
  • Pastel & Charcoal
  • Silkscreen
  • Stationery
  • Embossing


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Dimensions sample 18x23 cm (7x9")

Velin Arches, 200 gr, White, 18x23 cm (7"x9"), paper sample

Arches
027521
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Velin Arches is a popular mould-made French paper. 100% cotton, two deckle edges. Acid free and calcium carbonate buffered. Slightly warmer and more structure then the BFK-Rives. For all printing techniques, also used as a cover for storing old prints. Internally sized. white 100% cotton (linters)

Velin Arches is a popular mould-made French paper. 100% cotton, two deckle edges. Acid free and calcium carbonate buffered. Slightly warmer and more structure then the BFK-Rives. For all printing techniques, also used as a cover for storing old prints. Internally sized. white 100% cotton (linters).
It seems that this premier mouldmade 100% cotton fine art paper has been in the market forever. It has certainly been the standard for all of the other deluxe fine art printmaking grades that followed.
The paper's internal sizing and minimal surface sizing allow it to be dampened (instead of having to be soaked overnight) in preparation for printing. Please take note however that the soaking stage is subjective and obviously follows the specific needs of the artist.
Its ability to print wet, damp or dry and it’s subtle texture make it a versatile sheet for all printmaking techniques. The paper has proven to be very dimensionally stable and will take repeated passes through a hand or automated litho or etching press without showing any cracking near the plate edges.
Although Arches Cover is a paper devoted to the printmaking process, over the years it has won the hearts of pencil, pastel and charcoal artists who favor the rich feel of a soft and supple paper with a modest surface texture.

Specifications:

  • Mouldmade in France
  • 100% Cotton
  • Neutral pH
  • Acid Free
  • Chlorine Free
  • 4 deckles (sheets)
  • Lightly sized
  • NOT (not smoothly pressed) , average structure

Applications:

  • Hand Lithography
  • Intaglio
  • Letterpress
  • Offset
  • Pastel & Charcoal
  • Silkscreen
  • Stationery
  • Embossing


watermark

Dimensions sample 18x23 cm (7x9")

Velin Arches (Cover) 250 gr. white, sample 18x23 cm, 7x9"

Arches
027524
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Velin Arches is a popular mould-made French paper. 100% cotton, two deckle edges. Acid free and calcium carbonate buffered. Slightly warmer and more structure then the BFK-Rives. For all printing techniques, also used as a cover for storing old prints. Internally sized. white 100% cotton (linters).

Velin Arches is a popular mould-made French paper. 100% cotton, two deckle edges. Acid free and calcium carbonate buffered. Slightly warmer and more structure then the BFK-Rives. For all printing techniques, also used as a cover for storing old prints. Internally sized. white 100% cotton (linters).
It seems that this premier mouldmade 100% cotton fine art paper has been in the market forever. It has certainly been the standard for all of the other deluxe fine art printmaking grades that followed.
The paper's internal sizing and minimal surface sizing allow it to be dampened (instead of having to be soaked overnight) in preparation for printing. Please take note however that the soaking stage is subjective and obviously follows the specific needs of the artist.
Its ability to print wet, damp or dry and it’s subtle texture make it a versatile sheet for all printmaking techniques. The paper has proven to be very dimensionally stable and will take repeated passes through a hand or automated litho or etching press without showing any cracking near the plate edges.
Although Arches Cover is a paper devoted to the printmaking process, over the years it has won the hearts of pencil, pastel and charcoal artists who favor the rich feel of a soft and supple paper with a modest surface texture.

Specifications:

  • Mouldmade in France
  • 100% Cotton
  • Neutral pH
  • Acid Free
  • Chlorine Free
  • 4 deckles (sheets)
  • Lightly sized
  • NOT (not smoothly pressed) , average structure

Applications:

  • Hand Lithography
  • Intaglio
  • Letterpress
  • Offset
  • Pastel & Charcoal
  • Silkscreen
  • Stationery
  • Embossing


watermark

Dimensions sample 18x23 cm (7x9")

Velin Arches, 270 gr. White, 18x23 cm (7"x9"), paper sample

Arches
027458
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Velin Arches is a popular mould-made French paper. 100% cotton, two deckle edges. Acid free and calcium carbonate buffered. Slightly warmer and more structure then the BFK-Rives. For all printing techniques, also used as a cover for storing old prints. Internally sized. white 100% cotton (linters)

Velin Arches is a popular mould-made French paper. 100% cotton, two deckle edges. Acid free and calcium carbonate buffered. Slightly warmer and more structure then the BFK-Rives. For all printing techniques, also used as a cover for storing old prints. Internally sized. white 100% cotton (linters).
It seems that this premier mouldmade 100% cotton fine art paper has been in the market forever. It has certainly been the standard for all of the other deluxe fine art printmaking grades that followed.
The paper's internal sizing and minimal surface sizing allow it to be dampened (instead of having to be soaked overnight) in preparation for printing. Please take note however that the soaking stage is subjective and obviously follows the specific needs of the artist.
Its ability to print wet, damp or dry and it’s subtle texture make it a versatile sheet for all printmaking techniques. The paper has proven to be very dimensionally stable and will take repeated passes through a hand or automated litho or etching press without showing any cracking near the plate edges.
Although Arches Cover is a paper devoted to the printmaking process, over the years it has won the hearts of pencil, pastel and charcoal artists who favor the rich feel of a soft and supple paper with a modest surface texture.

Specifications:

  • Mouldmade in France
  • 100% Cotton
  • Neutral pH
  • Acid Free
  • Chlorine Free
  • 4 deckles (sheets)
  • Lightly sized
  • NOT (not smoothly pressed) , average structure

Applications:

  • Hand Lithography
  • Intaglio
  • Letterpress
  • Offset
  • Pastel & Charcoal
  • Silkscreen
  • Stationery
  • Embossing


watermark

Dimensions sample 18x23 cm (7x9")

Velin Arches, 300 gr, White, 18x23 cm (7"x9") Paper sample

Arches
027452
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Velin Arches is a popular mould-made French paper. 100% cotton, two deckle edges. Acid free and calcium carbonate buffered. Slightly warmer and more structure then the BFK-Rives. For all printing techniques, also used as a cover for storing old prints. Internally sized. white 100% cotton (linters)

Velin Arches is a popular mould-made French paper. 100% cotton, two deckle edges. Acid free and calcium carbonate buffered. Slightly warmer and more structure then the BFK-Rives. For all printing techniques, also used as a cover for storing old prints. Internally sized. white 100% cotton (linters).
It seems that this premier mouldmade 100% cotton fine art paper has been in the market forever. It has certainly been the standard for all of the other deluxe fine art printmaking grades that followed.
The paper's internal sizing and minimal surface sizing allow it to be dampened (instead of having to be soaked overnight) in preparation for printing. Please take note however that the soaking stage is subjective and obviously follows the specific needs of the artist.
Its ability to print wet, damp or dry and it’s subtle texture make it a versatile sheet for all printmaking techniques. The paper has proven to be very dimensionally stable and will take repeated passes through a hand or automated litho or etching press without showing any cracking near the plate edges.
Although Arches Cover is a paper devoted to the printmaking process, over the years it has won the hearts of pencil, pastel and charcoal artists who favor the rich feel of a soft and supple paper with a modest surface texture.

Specifications:

  • Mouldmade in France
  • 100% Cotton
  • Neutral pH
  • Acid Free
  • Chlorine Free
  • 4 deckles (sheets)
  • Lightly sized
  • NOT (not smoothly pressed) , average structure

Applications:

  • Hand Lithography
  • Intaglio
  • Letterpress
  • Offset
  • Pastel & Charcoal
  • Silkscreen
  • Stationery
  • Embossing


watermark

Dimensions sample 18x23 cm (7x9")

Velin Arches Cream, 204261588, 250 gr, 18x23cm (7x9"), paper sample

art. nr.
027535
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Velin Arches is a popular mould-made French paper. 100% cotton, two deckle edges. Acid free and calcium carbonate buffered. Slightly warmer and more structure then the BFK-Rives. For all printing techniques, also used as a cover for storing old prints. Internally sized. white 100% cotton (linters).

Velin Arches is a popular mould-made French paper. 100% cotton, two deckle edges. Acid free and calcium carbonate buffered. Slightly warmer and more structure then the BFK-Rives. For all printing techniques, also used as a cover for storing old prints. Internally sized. white 100% cotton (linters).
It seems that this premier mouldmade 100% cotton fine art paper has been in the market forever. It has certainly been the standard for all of the other deluxe fine art printmaking grades that followed.
The paper's internal sizing and minimal surface sizing allow it to be dampened (instead of having to be soaked overnight) in preparation for printing. Please take note however that the soaking stage is subjective and obviously follows the specific needs of the artist.
Its ability to print wet, damp or dry and it’s subtle texture make it a versatile sheet for all printmaking techniques. The paper has proven to be very dimensionally stable and will take repeated passes through a hand or automated litho or etching press without showing any cracking near the plate edges.
Although Arches Cover is a paper devoted to the printmaking process, over the years it has won the hearts of pencil, pastel and charcoal artists who favor the rich feel of a soft and supple paper with a modest surface texture.

Specifications:

  • Mouldmade in France
  • 100% Cotton
  • Neutral pH
  • Acid Free
  • Chlorine Free
  • 4 deckles (sheets)
  • Lightly sized
  • NOT (not smoothly pressed) , average structure
  • cream

Applications:

  • Hand Lithography
  • Intaglio
  • Letterpress
  • Offset
  • Pastel & Charcoal
  • Silkscreen
  • Stationery
  • Embossing


watermark

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

Velin BFK Rives, white, 250 gr. paper sample 18x24 cm (7x9")

Arches
027517
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Frequently used, special paper, often referred to as "Rives", with a smooth, absorbing surface, suitable for all printmaking techniques. Compared to Vélin Arches; lesser sizing, smoother and whiter surface.

Frequently used, special paper, often referred to as "Rives", with a smooth, absorbing surface, suitable for all printmaking techniques. Compared to Vélin Arches; lesser sizing, smoother and whiter surface. Produced on a mould machine, 100 % cotton. Depending on the length of the fibres, cotton is often stronger than cellulose. Machine sized, (antique finish).
Because of the soft cotton surface, this paper will produce the finest details, 100 % cotton, mould made. BFK Rives means: Blanchet Frères & Kiebler. They were the owners of this papermill in Rives (near Lyon), at the beginning of the 19th century. Acid free, calcium carbonate buffered. Long lasting paper. Two deckle edges, two torn enges, watermark. Applications: drawing, lithography, screenprint, fototype, typography, intaglio, gravure, embossing, linocut, woodcut

Details:

  • Mould made in France
  • 100% cotton
  • Neutral pH
  • Acid free
  • smooth surface
  • internally sized
  • bright white
  • 250 gram
  • 2 deckle edges + 2 torn edges
  • watermark

Aplications:

  • Lithography
  • Intaglio (etching, gravure)
  • Typography
  • Offset
  • Pastel & Charcoal
  • Screenprint
  • Paper art
  • Embossing
  • Relief printmaking (Woodcut, Linocut)
  • Drawing

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

Velin BFK Rives, white, 270 gr. 18x23cm (7"x9") paper sample

Arches
027529
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Frequently used, special paper, often referred to as "Rives", with a smooth, absorbing surface, suitable for all printmaking techniques. Compared to Vélin Arches; lesser sizing, smoother and whiter surface.

Frequently used, special paper, often referred to as "Rives", with a smooth, absorbing surface, suitable for all printmaking techniques. Compared to Vélin Arches; lesser sizing, smoother and whiter surface. Produced on a mould machine, 100 % cotton. Depending on the length of the fibres, cotton is often stronger than cellulose. Weakly machine sized, (antique finish). Acid free, calcium carbonate buffered. Long lasting paper. Two deckle edges, two torn enges, watermark. Applications: drawing, lithography, screenprint, fototype, typography, intaglio, gravure, embossing, linocut, woodcut

  • 100 % cotton
  • acid free
  • white
  • 270 gr.
  • 2 natural deckle edges, 2 torn edges

Dimensions sample 18x24 cm (7x9")

Velin BFK Rives, white, 300 gr. 18x23 cm (7"x9"), paper sample

Arches
027455
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Frequently used, special paper, often referred to as "Rives", with a smooth, absorbing surface, suitable for all printmaking techniques. Compared to Vélin Arches; lesser sizing, smoother and whiter surface.

Frequently used, special paper, often referred to as "Rives", with a smooth, absorbing surface, suitable for all printmaking techniques. Compared to Vélin Arches; lesser sizing, smoother and whiter surface. Produced on a mould machine, 100 % cotton. Depending on the length of the fibres, cotton is often stronger than cellulose. Weakly machine sized, (antique finish). Acid free, calcium carbonate buffered. Long lasting paper. Two deckle edges, two torn enges, watermark. Applications: drawing, lithography, screenprint, fototype, typography, intaglio, gravure, embossing, linocut, woodcut

  • 100 % cotton
  • acid free
  • white
  • 300 gr.
  • 2 natural deckle edges, 2 torn edges

Dimensions sample 18x23 cm (7x9")

Arches 88, white, 300 gr. paper sample, 18x23cm (7x9")

Arches
027513
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This is a major paper in the printmaking and publishing range, called "Arches Silkscreen" in the USA. Being unsized (waterleaf), it absorbs ink freely. Available in a fine clear white (which is fairly bright), with only one surface finsh - H.P- (hot pressed) it is recommended higly for screenprinting and, if slightly moistened, for intaglio processes. It is also receptive as a highly absorbant sheet for monoprinting and lithography.

Detail Arches 88, 300 gr. (enlargement appr. 10x )

This is a major paper in the printmaking and publishing range, called "Arches Silkscreen" in the USA. Being unsized (waterleaf), it absorbs ink freely. Available in a fine clear white (which is fairly bright), with only one surface finsh - H.P- (hot pressed) it is recommended higly for screenprinting and, if slightly moistened, for intaglio processes. It is also receptive as a highly absorbant sheet for monoprinting and lithography.

  • 100% cotton (linters)
  • acid free
  • 2 natural "deckle edges"
  • White


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Moulin du Gué, 270 gr., paper sample 18x23 cm (7x9")

art. nr.
027541
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This paper is especially designed for all types of intaglio printing and embossing: the presence of linen adds a vibrancy of colours and makes them "shining". The paper has a "cloudy" "open" "transparent" character. Excellent for intaglio, from the finest to the heaviest lines. The structure of the surface is even, but compared to other Arches paper a bit "rough".

This paper is especially designed for all types of intaglio printing and embossing: the presence of linen adds a vibrancy of colours and makes them "shining". The paper has a "cloudy" "open" "transparent" character. Excellent for intaglio, from the finest to the heaviest lines. The structure of the surface is even, but compared to other Arches paper a bit "rough". The deckle edges are rough and "fluffy", making it similar to handmade paper. The linen (long fiber) makes this paper very strong. Can also be used for typography, letterpress and screen printing.
In the USA this paper is also known as "Rives de Lin" (Rives of Flax), in Europe they call it normally Arches Moulin de Gué. Rives de Lin, is a mould made, acid free and buffered sheet containing 85% cotton and 15% linen. The linen content is identified by the three flowers of flax in its watermark.
It has the look and feel of a handmade paper with long fluffy deckle edges. The linen content also gives the paper a tensile strength that makes it a superb choice for embossing.
The paper is praised by many for its resilience and elasticity. The watermark also includes the words Moulin du Gué, the mill at the shallow part of the river. It has two natural deckles, and two simulated, being torn at the finishing stage. Rives de Lin is lightly sized.
The city of Rives is situated in the Rhône-Alpes region in the east of France, near Grenoble. In 1573, a small mill was built in the valley, using water from a nearby mountain lake fed by melting alpine snow. For centuries, it remained a quite ordinary operation. However, with the arrival of the Blanchet brothers and Kléber in 1820, the mill received its first improvements.
Combining the great location with their skill and experience, the Blanchet Frères & Kléber Company was able to manufacture exceptional papers, among them being Rives de Lin. Using different materials than the Oriental papers that preceded it, they macerated cotton and linen rags as the source of the fibers. When finished, it was sized with a gelatin solution. The result was a tough, opaque paper.

Specifications:

  • Mouldmade in Franc
  • 85% cotton/15% linen
  • Neutral pH
  • Acid Free
  • Smooth surface
  • 4 deckle edges
  • white
  • 270 gr.
  • watermark: moulin du gué

Applications:

  • Hand Lithography
  • Intaglio
  • Letterpress
  • Offset
  • Pastel & Charcoal
  • Silkscreen
  • Stationery
  • Watercolor
  • embossing

Dimensions tube 12x12x80cm (5"x5"x31") Weight 1,7 kg (3.7 lbs)

Moulin du Gué, 300 gr. 204901514, white, 18x23 cm (7"x9"), paper sample

art. nr.
027553
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This paper is especially designed for all types of intaglio printing and embossing: the presence of linen adds a vibrancy of colours and makes them "shining". The paper has a "cloudy" "open" "transparent" character. Excellent for intaglio, from the finest to the heaviest lines. The structure of the surface is even, but compared to other Arches paper a bit "rough".

This paper is especially designed for all types of intaglio printing and embossing: the presence of linen adds a vibrancy of colours and makes them "shining". The paper has a "cloudy" "open" "transparent" character. Excellent for intaglio, from the finest to the heaviest lines. The structure of the surface is even, but compared to other Arches paper a bit "rough". The deckle edges are rough and "fluffy", making it similar to handmade paper. The linen (long fiber) makes this paper very strong. Can also be used for typography, letterpress and screen printing.
In the USA this paper is also known as "Rives de Lin" (Rives of Flax), in Europe they call it normally Arches Moulin de Gué. Rives de Lin, is a mould made, acid free and buffered sheet containing 85% cotton and 15% linen. The linen content is identified by the three flowers of flax in its watermark.
It has the look and feel of a handmade paper with long fluffy deckle edges. The linen content also gives the paper a tensile strength that makes it a superb choice for embossing.
The paper is praised by many for its resilience and elasticity. The watermark also includes the words Moulin du Gué, the mill at the shallow part of the river. It has two natural deckles, and two simulated, being torn at the finishing stage. Rives de Lin is lightly sized.
The city of Rives is situated in the Rhône-Alpes region in the east of France, near Grenoble. In 1573, a small mill was built in the valley, using water from a nearby mountain lake fed by melting alpine snow. For centuries, it remained a quite ordinary operation. However, with the arrival of the Blanchet brothers and Kléber in 1820, the mill received its first improvements.
Combining the great location with their skill and experience, the Blanchet Frères & Kléber Company was able to manufacture exceptional papers, among them being Rives de Lin. Using different materials than the Oriental papers that preceded it, they macerated cotton and linen rags as the source of the fibers. When finished, it was sized with a gelatin solution. The result was a tough, opaque paper.

Specifications:

  • Mouldmade in Franc
  • 85% cotton/15% linen
  • Neutral pH
  • Acid Free
  • Smooth surface
  • 4 deckle edges
  • white
  • 300 gr.
  • watermark: moulin du gué

Applications:

  • Hand Lithography
  • Intaglio
  • Letterpress
  • Offset
  • Pastel & Charcoal
  • Silkscreen
  • Stationery
  • Watercolor
  • embossing

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

Velin Johannot, 125 gr. white, 18x23 cm (7x9") sample

art. nr.
027548
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This paper was made originally of 100 % linen, (= pur fil) . The composition change but he name remained. The paper has a light structure, excellent for relief printing techniques (lino, typography and wood-engraving) . Can also be used for intaglio.

Johannot used to be an independent paper factory, but was taken over by Arches in 1954. The new company name became Arjomari. This paper was made originally of 100 % linen, (= pur fil) . The composition change but he name remained. The paper has a light structure, excellent for relief printing techniques (lino, typography and wood-engraving) . Can also be used for intaglio. Paper with fine grain, Acid free and calcium carbonate buffered. Natural white. Strong paper (long fibers esparto) which makes is also very good for embossing and intaglio. Made on a cilinder mould paper machine.

  • 75% cotton, 25% esparto (long fibered grass)
  • acid free
  • white
  • 125 gr.
  • 2 natural deckle edges, 2 torn edges

Dimensions sample; 18x24 cm (7x9")

Velin Johannot, 240 gr, white, paper sample 18x24 cm (7x9")

art. nr.
027546
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This paper was made originally of 100 % linen, (= pur fil) . The composition change but he name remained. The paper has a light structure, excellent for relief printing techniques (lino, typography and wood-engraving) . Can also be used for intaglio.

Johannot used to be an independent paper factory, but was taken over by Arches in 1954. The new company name became Arjomari. This paper was made originally of 100 % linen, (= pur fil) . The composition change but he name remained. The paper has a light structure, excellent for relief printing techniques (lino, typography and wood-engraving) . Can also be used for intaglio. Paper with fine grain, Acid free and calcium carbonate buffered. Natural white. Strong paper (long fibers esparto) which makes is also very good for embossing and intaglio. Made on a cilinder mould paper machine.

  • 75% cotton, 25% esparto (long fibered grass)
  • acid free
  • white
  • 240 gr.
  • 2 natural deckle edges, 2 torn edges

Dimensions sample; 18x24 cm (7x9")