Left: a sample journal page from a journal made with Nideggen. Note how the lovely texture of the page comes through the colored pencil application. And it takes wet media. Click on the image to see a close up. I deliberately cropped in on this journal page so you could see the paper texture and flecks.
Nideggen is a fabulous paper for bookbinding. It is a 120 gm/m2 paper (available in 25 x 38 and 22 x 30 inch sheets). It has a lovely straw-tannish color with some darker flecks. It has a laid pattern with a wavy chain. It takes pen and ink with watercolor or gouache washes. (The paper will buckle as it is a thin sheet, but I'm not a visual journal keeper who is bothered by that. It is very opaque for a thin sheet!) Nideggen is an excellent printmaking paper and is also great for letterpress. Recent posts have images scanned from the current Nideggen journal (November 22, 28, 29.)
Why am I telling you all this?
Background: I took my current journal which I made with Nideggen paper from Zerkall to the last MCBA Visual Journal Collective meeting. I also had samples left over from binding. People liked the samples. Locally we couldn't get the large sheets. I prefer the large sheets because they allow me to make a 6 x 9 inch or so book without any waste! I like not having any waste. After the meeting I asked Wet Paint if we could do a group order of the larger sheet (25 x 38 inches) and everyone involved could come in and pick up their paper but get the group price. (This would eliminate any packing and carting and possible damage we would have to deal with if we took delivery of the whole order and split it up ourselves.) He graciously agreed.
We got up to 125 sheets. We are getting it for $2.13 a sheet; which is a great price for this 25 x 38 inch sheet.
Darin is going to have to order 200 sheets and is OK with me letting past students and other art friends in the Twin Cities buy into this as well. (He knows the extra sheets will be sold eventually, but would just as soon have them all sold at the time of arrival.)
The Deal: If you are local and can pick up your paper in person (no mailing) you need to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and give me your first and last name, phone number and how many sheets you want. (You can order only a few if you want to just try the paper; we've got a couple people ordering as few as 3 sheets.) You don't have to be a past student of mine or member of the Collective, but you do need to place your order with me. (I'm not making any money on this—well I am getting my own sheets at the same price savings as everyone else so I have motivation. You have to go through me because it is a group order and it's the only way your name will get on the pick up list.)
Deadline: You have until the paper comes in to decide to buy sheets at this price. We don't know exactly when the paper will come in because Darin says that things are weird this time of year. The paper could arrive before Christmas or shortly after.
How it works: You send me the info as stated above. When the paper comes in Darin will call me and I'll notify everyone involved in the group purchase. You will then be able to go over to Wet Paint on your own schedule to pick up the number of sheets you reserved: at the group price of $2.13 each (factor in some sales tax too). I will supply Darin with the group list.
Leftover Paper: Once the paper arrives no new orders will be added to the group order. Any sheets in the 200 not reserved (which right now is 75 sheets) will be sold at the FULL PRICE. If you don't sign up for the group price and want some of this larger sheet you'll be able to buy it for $4.05 a sheet, while supplies last. (Once this batch is gone Wet Paint will not be reordering the large sheet so if you want this paper locally you'll have to settle for the 22 x 30 inch sheet.)
When Darin said he would order for us but he would have leftover paper I thought it was worth a shot to post on my blog in case any of you local readers were interested. It's great that he agreed to do this for us at the Collective and I know they don't have a lot of space in the paper vault at Wet Paint so it would be super if all of the 200 sheets could be pre-sold. We'll see.
If you've been thinking about trying this paper, now would be a good time to do so. I placed the order today so the clock is ticking.