in praise of the papermakers!

Posted: June 3, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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paper-comparison just over the halfway mark with printing the third and final draft of “The illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow” and loving the Red River 50 lb (190gsm) A3+ Premium Matte Double Sided inkjet paper, the blacks are velvet dark and deep and the white tone just on the warm side of neutral. The Clairefontaine DCP 160 gsm A3 double sided paper that I used for the first two drafts worked reasonably well but the white was a little cold, the blacks more grey than black and the detail not nearly as fine & precise. It was much cheaper and perfect for the first drafts & experimenting with using double sided paper which I had never tried before. There are so many different inkjet papers available it can be a challenge finding the right one. Online reviews helped a lot and even though the cost of postage was outrageously expensive to Australia the Red River paper is still comparable in price to other fine art papers made for digital printing. The coated inkjet papers are great when precise detail is needed but I still print many of my drawings on 245 gsm Stonehenge printmaking paper, it works beautifully with pencil drawings here’s two examples
xmas07webBrachychiton rupestris aka Queensland Bottle Tree RBG Sydney Australia by Mo for Xmas 2007
Nest2006“Nest” by Mo for Xmas 2006 (this was when I first noticed that birds use spider web to help stitch their nests together )
but then back in 2009 when I tried to print out the deep royal blues and acid yellows in “An illuminated Book of Cats” the Stonenhenge paper was disastrous so I needed to find a paper that would do the work justice. Fortunately Peter Lang was working as the master printer at the newly opened Foto Reisel Create studio (which sadly closed last year, it was a wonderful experiment!) Peter recommended Hahnemuehle Photo Rag Satin 310 gsm and wow what a paper, the depth of colour and detail is stunning. I still use it for most  colour reproduction, here’s a photo of the Letter D in our book alongside the original

  1. Carol says:

    Mo, I think talking about paper is just fascinating and even better when you do it. Your drawings are lovely and of course, that beautiful blue D is stunning. The Book is getting closer… So exciting!

  2. ravenandsparrow says:

    This is really exciting. Paper is so important, and you need to do your exquisite drawings justice.

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks Dana, once the prototype is ready the next step will be finding the perfect paper at the printers, the drawings need a warm white to really sing!

  3. Isn’t paper wonderful. It is like a personality. A really interesting look at an unsung part of the art process.

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks Charlotte, i am still in love with the Saunders Waterford H/P 425 gsm watercolour paper for drawing, it has the most wonderful tooth!

  4. margaret johnson says:

    Hey Mo, you sure do know how to pick beautiful papers. Keep an eye on post next week. ox

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks Marg, there is so much choice these days for digital printing and then there are the wonderful handmade papers which are almost too beautiful to mark!

  5. Heather says:

    Wow, this book is going to be a masterpiece! I love how you consider each and every element.

  6. coloremartine says:

    Oh….. the beauty of this catperson………….

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