All change in 2019

In  2019 plans have been made to train up  a new generation of papermakers to make fine handmade paper. As the apprentices will need continual access to the vat & presses  and close supervision, it means that the normal production of paper & sales will have to be suspended during this time.

Accordingly, last orders from customers wishing to order directly from the Mill is December 2nd 2018 .

From the Ist of January 2019, all sales will be handled by our stockists

J Hewit & Sons Ltd        or     Shepherds London

Griffen Mill is a small handmade paper specializing in making fine, archival handmade paper from natural materials such as cotton & hemp.Each sheet is made by hand and has four true deckle edges. All the papers are internally buffered & neutrally sized.

Griffen Mill's archival handmade papers for bookbinding are designed for use in book conservation & book restoration. The heavier weights are used for the replacement of endpapers whilst the lighter weights can be used for leaf & spine repair. All can be handled easily when damp. Papers are internally buffered & neutrally sized to give a pH reading of between 7.3 - 8.4 and come in different weights.
The papers differ in character & feel. Some are wove & some are laid. Others, like the soft bulky jute tissue, can be moulded & coloured to repair bumped corners. Some such as Akbar & the ledger paper are tough, dense, papers which can be used as endpapers for larger books or they can be used as covers for soft bindings.

 Take me to the Bookbinding Papers

Cannot find what you want? We offer a matching service for orders of 80 sheets or more. We also have papers left over from special makings in a variety of subtle colours so we may have what you are looking for.  Please contact the Mill with your enquiry.


Since Griffen Mill's papers have been specifically designed as sympathetic repair papers for old books, maps & documents they are also ideal for recreating replicas for film props.  

                                           Take me to the "Antique" Papers           

                            TONED DRAWING PAPERS

Griffen Mill produces a range of archival, toned drawing papers which can also take a light watercolour wash. Made from cotton & hemp fibres, they have a reasonable tooth & are suitable for pencil, pen & chalk drawings.

Show me the drawing papers.

                                                                                19th CENTURY WATERCOLOUR PAPER 

The papers used in earlier centuries were very different from those used today both in terms of grammage , behaviour & surface texture. Struggling artists would use the cheaper grades of handmade paper whilst those that were more successful used the better qualities of paper that were gelatine sized. The way in which the paper absorbed the paint often dictated the artist's style. The article here explores this by contrasting the styles of  J.M.W Turner & J. S. Cotman - two artists working in the same period . 

                                            Show me the watercolour papers

                                                                                                LETTERPRESS PAPER

Letterpress paper is made to the customer's specifications ie wove or laid , the required grammage & colour.                                       Please contact the Mill to discuss what you would like.

                                                                                             HISTORIC WALLPAPER
During the last twenty years Griffen Mill handmade wallpaper & lining papers have been used for projects such as Uppark House, The Royal Palace at Kew, the British Galleries in the V&A & the restoration of Horace Walpole's House at Strawberry Hill, London. Here is an extract from a purchasing guide to choosing the correct handmade paper for your project. The full article can be found here. 

Extract: The demands placed on any wall paper during jointing, printing & hanging are considerable and not all handmade papers are suitable. During the colouring & printing processes the paper must be able to be handled when damp, have a good tear strength, and a low rate of cockling. Tensile strength is important because the paper should not stretch or fall apart when it is hung up to dry. It is at the hanging stage that the paper is under the most strain. In addition to the properties listed above one can add excellent rub resistance,a degree of stretch to allow for pattern matching & moulding, low elasticity,high tear strength, low expansion even when damp & good burst strength. Finally the absorption rate of paste should allow for efficient hanging.

Please contact the Mill for further information.           

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