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Printing on Handmade Paper

One of the biggest customers for handmade paper in the 18th & early 19th C. was the printing industry producing books & newspapers.

However as the output from paper machines grew from 1810 onwards, the cost of paper fell & the use of handmade paper was restricted to the fine print & limited edition market.This holds true today.


We recommend the letterpress & silk screen methods for printing as these techniques can accommodate the variations in surface texture that are present in any handmade paper.

You can, with care, print on handmade paper using a photocopier. The paper needs to be fully acclimatised beforehand & should be handfed into the copier one sheet at a time.

The same proceedure can be used to print out an image using a computer printer. However the presence of almost invisible felt hairs can clog the nozzles on a inkjet printer so we do not recommend this method of printing.


Most of the papers in the Griffen Mill range are suitable for printing subject to the comments above. Please contact the Mill if you need paper for a special project or need a smooth printing surface.


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