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It’s That Time of Year Again—Puffy Coats

Left: A Sakura Pigma Profesional FB (Fine Brush) Pen sketch in a small (A6) landscape Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook which I’ve turned so that the gutter is horizontal and I have a LONG vertical to sketch in. It happens every year—the temperatures drop (I do live in Minnesota after all) and I find myself in waiting rooms […]


Guest Post: Thomas Winterstein—On Pen Nibs and Sketching in Pen and Ink

Left: Dip pen artwork by guest post author Tom Winterstein, ©Tom Winterstein. The artist writes about his drawing approach in the final paragraph of his article. Today is the inaugural "Guest Post." This begins an intermittent series on my blog. I am asking people to write about art-related topics that matter to them (and are […]


Adventures in Bookbinding: Matching Paper Surfaces Across a Spread

NideggenTearStacks5182 Right: The goal, stacks of folded and collated sheets ready to bind into books. These signatures are approximately 6-5/8 x 9-5/8 inches and make a wonderful size for a journal in portrait orientation.

Events keep intervening and keeping me from binding the next batch of Nideggen books, so I don't have a new photo of books made with this paper. But if you want to see finished books made with this paper check out my January 28, 2009 post.

NOTE: this post assumes you have working knowledge of handling a bone folder to tear a folded sheet of paper. Also always do a test on cheap bond first to make sure you understand the instructions. I’ve made every effort to be as clear and thorough as possible, but I’m used to doing this LIVE with people listening, so do a run through first just to make sure it all makes sense before you touch your expensive paper. (I have a note on how to practice at the end of this post.) Also, I find it useful to always have a sheet diagram on hand—and I've been doing this for decades.


Paper Sale for Folks in the Twin Cities

NideggenPearClose 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?
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.

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