Base Paper & How Site is Organized
After quite a bit of research and testing I have selected two base papers that are great quality papers and that work well with marbling: Cranes Lettra Letterpress paper and Colorplan paper. Below are more details for each paper.
Note: gsm refers to grams per square meter and is used as an indicator of the weight of the paper. Grain refers to the direction of the fibers in a sheet of paper and whether they are parallel to the short or long end of the paper.
Cranes Lettra Letterpress Paper – 120gsm (Similar to resume paper in weight)
For over 200 years, Crane papers have set the standard for American papermaking. Crane’s Lettra captures this legacy in soft, durable, 100% cotton papers that communicate craftsmanship and elegance in equal measure.
- Fluorescent White - 25x19 (short grain) paper in a bright white that really brings out the marbled colors.
- Pearl White – 25x19 (short grain) paper in a sophisticated off white that is a great backdrop for marbled colors.
- Ecru - 17.5 x 23 (long grain) paper in a cream color (limited batch of this color/size)
Colorplan Paper – 135 gsm (Heavier than construction paper but lighter than card stock)
All Colorplan sheets are 25x19, short grain.
Colorplan is the broadest range of premium acid-free colored papers currently on the market. Surface is a subtle vellum texture that gives this paper a certain tactile quality, which allows for great “foldability”. Paper is made in England.
I use a range of colors from Colorplan depending on the paints selected and my inspiration. I really enjoy using this paper not only for how well it holds up in the marbling process but because the paints marbled on these sheets are transformed by the color of the base paper. Each time I lift the paper from the surface it’s like making a new discovery!
Canson Mi-Teintes Paper - 160 gsm (Heavier than construction paper but lighter than cardstock)
A great paper for giving a colorful background to marbled designs. It contains cotton which gives it a wonderful texture and feel and has a honeycombed side as well as a fine grain side. It comes in a rich range of light-resistant tones and complies with ISO 9706 standard on permanence and is acid free. I enjoy using this paper to create covers for marbled notebooks and stationery.
Half Sheets - 1/2 sheets using these base papers are available as individual sheets or can be made to order in batches. Sheets measure 12.5 x 19 (long grain).
How Site is Organized
One of the challenges of selling marbled papers is grouping them in a logical way for customers to be able to navigate. With so many colors and patterns it can be overwhelming. In an effort to make this easier, I have grouped my marbled papers by base paper type and color or by series (e.g. Cafe Terrace at Night Series). New papers are added as they are made so be sure to check the site regularly and follow me on Instagram for the latest additions!
When you click on a marbled paper from the main menu, you will see a group picture and then individual pictures with either the name of the paper pattern and/or a number (e.g. Stone Pattern 1). From the drop-down menu, you will be able to select the paper pattern/number you would like to order. Please note that in checkout you will only see the group picture appear but next to it will be the name of the paper you’ve ordered. As there is often only one of each paper, once you’ve placed the order for that paper, it will appear as “sold out” in the drop-down menu.
Marbled ceramic, wood and paper mache objects are made in limited batches and each one is unique. When you click on a marbled product, you will see a group picture and then individual pictures with the name of the product and a number (e.g. Ornament 1). From the drop-down menu, you will be able to select the product/number you would like to order. Please note that in checkout you will only see the group picture appear but next to it will be the name of the item you’ve ordered. As there is only one of each product, once you’ve placed the order for that item, it will appear as “sold out” in the drop-down menu.