Rives BFK is made with 100% cotton and has 4 deckled edges (2 natural deckles and 2 simulated, torn at the final stage of the printmaking process). Rives BFK is mouldmade in France and is ideal for printmaking. Its smooth surface and soft feel with a light sizing allows to display every detail beautifully. Rives BFK has a smooth, absorbent surface and with it being made from 100% cotton it gives it a soft feel. Rives is perfect for many art techniques: lithography, silkscreen, letterpress, intaglio, pastel & charcoal and other techniques. This paper has been around since the beginning of the 19th century. This paper was named after the owners of the Rives Mill in France from their initials: Blanchet Frères & Kiebler (BFK).
Rives Heavyweight and Lightweight is mouldmade in Europe with 100% cotton. These papers like the BFK are designed to have a wide range of fine art printmaking techniques. It is internally sized and has minimal surface sizing. Rives is perfect for intaglio, engraving, litho, calligraphy, letterpress, etching, relief printing, silkscreen, pen and ink, and all block printing. It is a very versatile paper. Rives comes with a unique trait for its edges. The 26" x 19" version has 2 natural deckled edges and one tear on the 19" side and one cut edge on the 26" side. the 26" x 40" is grain long with 2 natural deckles, but has 2 tear deckles along the short side (26").
Stonehenge paper is made from 100% cotton. Stonehenge was created to rival the more expensive mouldmade paper from Europe. This paper was created in 1972 for the printmaking community but it quickly gained popularity by more areas of work in the artist community. Stonehenge has now became worldwide known for paper that works fantastically in many applications in the fine art world. Making it versatile and affordable for not only the professional artist but also great choices for aspiring students. Stonehenge is the most preferred cotton paper of choice for Colored Pencil. This paper is great for a wide variety of art techniques like wax and oiled based colored pencils without any build up. Stonehenge allows the colors to penetrate and absorb into the paper. It is also excellent for silkscreen with the ability to take on 50-75 applications of colors being printed one at a time. Stonehenge comes in many different colors. It is made in the USA and is an excellent paper to be used by the artist community. You can use this paper for hand lithography, intaglio, letterpress, offset, pen and ink, pastels, charcoal, relief printing, silkscreen, watercolor and stationery.
Arches 88 22" x 30" 300 gsm 140 lbs is mouldmade in France with 100% cotton and has four deckled edges. This paper was originally developed for silkscreening art process. However, as the years have gone by it has transitioned to being used for many printmaking processes. This paper is resilient for printmaking and due to this is why it is an excellent choice for silkscreen. Keep in mind this paper is unsized. You can use this paper for litho, silkscreen, etching, pencil and other art projects.
Stonehenge Aqua Black is the first 100% cotton black watercolor paper. Black paper is not a new invention but black with 100% cotton paper sized for watercolor is. Black allows the artist to rethink how to create works of art instead of building up shadows, you must build up light. Legion was able to work directly with artists to create a unique watercolor paper. Stonehenge Aqua black is developed due to all the metallic, pearlescent, iridescent and interference watercolor paints that have been introduced into the market. Stonehenge Aqua Black watercolor has been introduced at the perfect time and is a first of its kind for watercolor papers.
Lenox 100 paper is 250 gsm has a smooth white surface and works great for silkscreening, litho, etching and embossing. Its medium textured surface makes it ideal for pencil, graphite, and charcoal drawing techniques. Lenox 100 is machine made with no deckled edges or a watermark.Lenox 100 has an off white shade with a medium textured surface gives it a great piece of paper to work with for a reasonable price. Lenox 100 paper was developed in the 1970's specifically for the fine art community. Lenox 100 is a great paper to work with for many different art applications. It is made in the USA, neutral pH, acid free and has a subtle texture.
Yupo Watercolor paper is a synthetic paper that is machine-made in the USA with 100% polypropylene. Using this material for making the paper gives it a surface that repels water. Yupo is waterproof, stain resistant and durable. It has a bright white smooth finish that gives artists the flexibility to work with it in many different ways to give it a unique and creative result.Yupo is very smooth and it gives it a unique feeling when you are to draw or paint on it than traditional watercolor paper. Another unique trait for this paper is the surface may be wiped clean to restore the original white of the sheet. This is a fantastic feature for beginner artists. Yupo also is great for more advanced artists and experimental artists as its uniqueness allows the artists to have a different perspective when creating works of art. Yupo slick, smooth nonabsorbent features will give the artist a drastic change in the way you would traditional paint, print or draw. This sheet of paper allows you to be able to capture artist techniques that are impossible on conventional watercolor and drawing papers. Another unique trait is Yupo's ability to for lifting. It has the ability to return to a painting and redo areas over and over even if it has been months since you touched the work of art as water activates the paint. You are able to build layers of paint like an oil painter does on a canvas. Then you are able to remove them to reveal the white of the sheet. Once your art is fully complete you can spray it with matte-clear finishing spray to seal and protect it. Keep in mind to only do this after your works of art is finalized as it is very difficult to make changes after it has been sealed. You may use Yupo for Acrylic painting, alcohol inks, debossing, monotype, offset, oil pastels, pencil/graphite, silkscreen, watercolor and sumi-e ink.
Arches Cover Printmaking Paper 22" x 30" 250 gsm is mould-made from 100% cotton and has been around the art community for many years. This paper has two watermarks and two natural deckle edges. It has internal sizing with minimal surface sizing. Due to this technique this paper does not need to be completely soaked overnight prior to printing. Instead you just need to dampen the paper. This does not mean you cannot soak the paper overnight it is merely up to the individual art professional.You may use this paper for all printmaking techniques and it is rather versatile because it is possible to print this paper: wet, damp or dry with subtle texture. This paper is primarily a printmaking paper, however, many artists throughout the art community have been using it for many other art techniques: pencil, pastel, charcoal and others.
Somerset printmaking paper is a very popular grade produced by the historic St. Cuthbert's Mill in the UK. This paper has been around since the early 1970's. Legion in the 90's worked with the mill based on the demands of the printmaking community to make the limited range of Somerset to become the most complete offering of mouldmade printmaking paper ever manufactured by one mill. Somerset is great for drawing due to the soft handle and supple feel in all three surfaces it offers. It is also known in the stationery industry and working well with letterpress, engraving, thermography and embossing. In the 90's when digital printing started to become popular Somerset was one of the first fine art paper to gain popularity in this new world. Due to this Somerset became available in more sizes and weights to meet the demand. This then led to the inkjet coated version, Somerset Enhanced Velvet, which is an important paper of fine art giclee printing.Somerset is mouldmade in the UK with 100% cotton and has 4 deckles.
Cosmos Blotting comes in 24" x 38" is totally unsized (means no internal or external sizing) with a heavy weight of 360 gsm (approximately 180 lbs). This paper is primarily used for dampening art paper in preparation for printing. You place two sheets of this paper in-between the printing paper you are wanting to print on. The Cosmos Blotting is damp/wet and you typically leave this laying overnight so the printing paper will take in enough moisture. Cosmos Blotting can also be used to help remove dampening printmaking paper. If you print on a paper and it is still quite damp you can place it between two sheets of Cosmos Blotting to pull the wetness from the printing to take the excess wetness from the printed paper from the final print. This paper is made in the USA with high alpha cellulose. It has a rough surface and very absorbent. This paper has also been used for other art projects for paper-casting or molding shapes and sculpture pieces. Mostly it is used as a dampening paper to wet printmaking paper before printings or as a sponge to remove excess moisture from a final print.
Stonehenge Aqua watercolor paper is finely crafted that performs way beyond its pricing point. It is affordable watercolor paper that has been tested to its limit with an outcome of it having no limits. This paper is perfect for wet-on-wet or wet-on-dry.Stonehenge Aqua has been crafted to make blending effortless, where lifting is not a chore and it welcomes masking. It comes in both Cold-Press and Hot-Press and Stonehenge Aqua gives the artist everything they need in an expensive paper but without the high cost. This paper is ideal for any artist that is wanting to test their watercoloring potential.Water plus paint equals watercolor and Stonehenge Aqua watercolor paper is the paper every artist deserves. Stonehenge Aqua has a beautiful finish that welcomes your paint, for any watercolor task and technique.Stonehenge Aqua is made from 100% cotton and has 2 deckled edges and 2 cut edges. It is sized for watercolor with superior quality and contains no animal gelatin. This paper has been synthetically sized and is perfect for watercolor.
Pergamenata Parchment 28" x 40" comes in 3 weights (110, 160, 280 gsm). Pergamenata is an Italian-made paper with 100% sulphite and is 100% translucent. It has a crisp snap which gives it a hard feel you would expect from an actual sheet of animal parchment. Pergamenata Parchment is ideal for certificates, diplomas and award documents. It can be used for blind embossing, calligraphy, decorative, foil stamping, laser printing, letterpress, offset, pen and ink, silkscreen and stationery.
Pescia 22" x 30" 300 gsm is made with 100% cotton from Italy. This paper is smooth with internal sizing but has very little surface sizing. This makes Pescia ideal for all printmaking processes. Pescia has deckled on all four sides and displays the watermark of the old CM logo. It is smooth and supple to the touch. Pescia can be used for intaglio, messotint, aquatint, etching, woodblock, stone litho, etching, silkscreen, drawing, graphite, colored pencil, pastel and charcoal.
Legion Coventry Rag paper was created in 1971 to meet the needs of artists and silkscreen printing. This paper was design to be able to take on an abundance of overlay printing. It can take upwards of 50-75 colors. Coventry is internally sized with some surface sizing. This paper is unique and a pleasure to work with for artists. The amount of art techniques it can provide for makes it one of the more versatile papers to be used by artists. Coventry Rag is made in the USA with 100% cotton, neutral pH, acid free, buffered with calcium carbonate. You can use this paper for calligraphy, hand litho, intaglio, letterpress, offset, drawing, watercolor, silkscreen and other techniques. Coventry Rag is a great paper and has been used for decades.
Japanese handmade Chiri Natural 23 x 37, 37 gsm is known as one of the most essential papers in the Japanese art paper world. It is known for its tonal quality and varied textured features. This paper has 2 deckle edges, acid-free and machine-made of sulphite pulp. This paper contains dark kozo specks scattered across a natural-colored background. You can use this paper for letterpress, digital printing, silkscreening, sumi-e and many decorative uses.
Fedrigoni Cocktail has been cut in half measuring 19" x 27", 290 gsm / 140 lbs is acid free produced with lignin free cellulose pulp from sustainable forest (FSC certified). This product is environmentally friendly hydro-power process. It is completely bio-degradable and recyclable. This line of paper is resilient heavyweight card stock paper. The coating with tiny mica particles gives the appealing pearlescent sheen to the paper while increasing its lightfastness (Cuba Libre and Purple Rain semi-lightfast). This paper is ideal for card making, craft, markers, felt pens, soft oil pastels, sketching, charcoal, fountain pens, offset printing, hot foil stamping and embossing.
Domestic Etching 26" x 40" with a weight of 175 GSM (approximately 85 lbs). This paper is an off white color and is made of 50% cotton. This paper has been used by many artists from the starting student to the professional for decades. Even with all the other substitutes out there Domestic Etching is still holding its popularity for use in the art world. Domestic Etching has a blend of sulphite and cotton which gives it great internal strength to withstand plate work from a handpress. One side of the paper is smooth and the other has a slight vellum finish which is perfect for many drawing techniques from graphite, pencils, charcoal to pastels. With this paper being internally and externally sized it is great for some offset printing and silkscreening. Domestic Etching is made in the USA with 50% cotton and 50% sulphite. It can be used for hand lithography, intaglio, letterpress, offset, pastel and charcoal, silkscreen and thermography.
Rising Drawing Bristol 22" x 30" is rated by the number of plies it contains (we currently carry the 2ply). Drawing Bristol is an uncoated, machine-finished paperboard with 100% sulphite. It has two finishes; plate is as smooth as glass and is very good for pen and ink, vellum finish is a lightly textured surface with a little friction based and great for crayon, chalk or charcoal. Rising Drawing Bristol is typically used for drawing, illustration, pastel, charcoal, silkscreen, calligraphy, offset, watercolor.
Arches Text Wove 26" x 40" is 120 gsm is mould-made in France with 100% cotton and 4 deckles. Arches Text Wove has a soft textured, lightweight creamy white sheet and is great for all around multi use paper. Arches Text Wove can be used for book binding, calligraphy, laser, letterpress, offset, pen & ink, pastel & charcoal, relief printing, silkscreen and stationery.
Legion Art Coated Cover comes white with the dimensions of 20" x 26" weighing 305gsm. This product is made from 100% high alpha cellulose, made in the USA and is acid free. It has a clay cover coat. Legion Art Coated was introduced in the 70's for offset printing. Throughout the years it is one of the favorites for offset printing and also has found a niche in the silverpoint drawing art technique. This paper is heavyweight quality with sized smooth surface that allows the printer to lay down multiple colors without the color lifting or linting onto the offset blanket.