Our current favourite paper at Paper-works* for most printmaking is Fabriano Unica paper. It is made of 50% cotton, and has been specifically developed to be suitable for all printmaking techniques. The paper is a combination of the many years experience of the Fabriano paper mills and a collaboration with a group of artists from the Opificio della Rosa , an international centre dedicated to the awareness and spread of traditional and innovative methods of printmaking.
The artists from Opificio della Rosa have tested the paper with a host of printing, engraving and other techniques, testing it to its limits. The paper has a weight of 250g/sqm and is economically priced and available in white and cream in three different sizes: 50cmx 70cm , 56cm x 76 cm and 70cm x 100cm.
Paper-works* has been successfully using Fabriano Unica for Linocut, Drypoint, Kitchen Litho and Cyanoprint.
Individual sheets of Fabriano Unica are available for purchase from paper-works* by those attending workshops or members open days.
We have spent some time today making drypoint images using drypoint card rather than the usual clear plastic. The drypoint card we are using is sold by Intaglio Printmakers in London. It is a medium thickness dense white card with a thin plastic coating on the printing surface.
We tend to use the drypoint plastic more as we like freely drawing using a tool as one would with a pencil or charcoal. Repeated loose lines can build up on the plastic easily and can give the effect of a spontaneous drawing. However we had decided it was time to explore different techniques. We had already spent an hour or two the other day exploring marks with different tools and also blocks of ink that can be made by removing sections of the laminated card.
After doing a couple of still life drawings of household objects we began to feel a bit more at home with the material. Overall we found that we could retain a natural drawing style pretty easily on the card and we like the possibilities that the card provides that plastic doesn’t, namely the option of removing a blanket area to give a blacker inked space and the dense dark lines than can be achieved in the relatively soft card surface.
To join us on an upcoming Drypoint course see available dates.