The Colors of Stonehenge—Four New Colors

March 20, 2011

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I'm so happy I can actually speak about this now—Stonehenge Paper is coming out in 4 (four) new colors of paper. They will be available at the usual suspects starting in April! (Blick, Jerry's, NY Central, Davinci, Graphic Chemical, and locally for me and the rest of the Twin Cities at Wet Paint.)

I actually have samples of the four colors in my hands right now. When the postman delivered them and I opened the package I almost fainted.

(Note: the color names are my descriptors, I don't know what the actual store names will be.)

Kraft Paper Brown—that's right it looks exactly like the grocery bags you carry home from the supermarket, but it is Stonehenge! This is the perfect color for work in gouache or colored pencils. Your media colors will pop on this sheet. (It is darker than the exisiting Fawn color in this paper line.)

Ice Blue—a pale, pale, icy blue that is heaven! If you are familiar with the Robin's-egg-blue of Magnani's Pescia this blue is lighter still. A delicate, yet robust color that calls to you from across the room "work on me, work on me." I've had dreams about this color. Dreams do come true.

Polar White—brrr. Who doesn't want a brillantly white sheet!? It's the perfect foil for the black ink work or work in color. It's dazzling.

Cool Steel Gray—I'm not one to work on gray paper often, but this sheet might convert me. It has a subtly of tone that will appeal to artists working in a wide range of materials. Again, colored pencil or gouache will pop on this sheet.

I can't show you a digital image of the colors at this time, but I can tell you they are a lovely expansion to the existing color range of Stonehenge Paper.

If you want to see some of my work on Stonehenge or read my thoughts on Stonehenge, please use the category list and click on "Paper," or use the blog's search bar and look for "Stonehenge."

If you are a regular reader of this blog you'll remember from past posts that I don't like to make casebound books from Stonehenge (the glue hinges don't hold securely because of the paper's surface*), but I do find this paper is great for softbound and hardbound books that are sewn-on-the-spine. If you make coptic stitch books the paper would also be a good choice (the coptic stitch book being a typically hard-covered book with an exposed spine). None of those structures have glue seams to worry about.

This is a 100% cotton fiber sheet. Priced at around $2.65 per 22 x 30 inch sheet (prices of some colors vary slightly, and of course between vendors—but there are also incredible bulk discounts typically starting at the 10-sheet purchase) this is also an incredibly economical art paper. Factor in the versatility in media capabilities and you've got a sheet go-to sheet. I have friends who are printmakers who use this sheet for printing. I know painters who work on it in watercolor, gouache, and acrylic just as I do. The paper is also suitable for pen work (brush or nib).

If you teach book arts, especially in the schools where there are no budgets for materials, this paper is a viable option for not only introducing young artists to book arts, but also introducing them to quality materials that will keep their interest as they explore their creativity. In these still tense economic times I've been able to hold down the supply costs in some of my adult book arts classes by incorporating these sheets. The adult artists are exposed to quality paper that will hold up to and support their efforts for creating lasting artworks, yet at an affordable price so that they don't feel constrained to keep paper consumption low.

If you aren't sure this is a paper you'll enjoy working on with the media you like to use contact Legion Paper and order a swatch book. (Swatch books will probably not be updated right away, but make sure you let them know you are interested in the 4 new colors.)

*Note: I'm so in love with the Kraft Paper Brown that Wet Paint already has my order. When the sheets come in I'm going to make a casebound book. I'll protect the glue seams as I show you in the short video at this link.

    • Debbie L
    • March 20, 2011

    Regular kraft paper? I think I have a big roll of it and will have to give it a try!

  1. Reply

    No Debbie, I’m not talking about regular Kraft paper, I’m talking about STONEHENGE that has the color of Kraft paper—so you can now have all the art paper capabilities you want in a paper, but the lovely color of Kraft paper. You can certainly have fun working with your roll of Kraft paper, but if you want to expand the capabilities of what you can do on a sheet that color you’re going to have to seek the Stonehenge out.

  2. Reply

    Robyn, I’ve put a query in to the manufacturer to see if you’ll be able to get it in Italy. I included your message, which had your email, so we should either get a note here or you should get one directly. My fingers are crossed for you.

    • Leslie Schramm
    • March 20, 2011

    Brown Kraft Paper is fun stuff though. I;ve been in a gallery that did the decorating on the cheap, all the walls are Kraft Paper and it acts as a very good matt finish to show off paintings ( and it’s easy to replace damamged areas too), and slightly fuzzy walls are fun. Am always threatening to do my hallway like that and hang even more pictures along it

  3. Reply

    Yep Leslie, brown kraft paper is fun stuff, for lots of art projects (I keep a roll on hand for lots of things and paint it with strokes of metallic acrylic paint to make wrapping paper if I need some).

    However, having an art paper like Stonehenge in that is the color of kraft paper is fun squared!

    Interesting decorating idea!

  4. Reply

    Roz – Thanks so much, that was very kind of you. I did a search on Google myself right after reading you post but couldn’t turn up anything.
    Very difficult having art supplies sent to Italy from the US – first there is the postage, then there is the unreliable postal deliveries and then the duty. Fingers crossed they are going to sell it here.

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