Sample 1 dollar Handmade Paper Renaissance Pastel, Chalk, Charcoal - Cinquecento Tooth


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recycled cotton rag


Length: 5.5 Inches; Width: 3 Inches

Two 3x5.5 inch pieces of Cinquecento Tooth Handmade for you to try out (even make nice cards?)
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might have a deckle edge or not, and could be of any weight between 60 gsm and 300 gsm. Wove.

In the picture of three handmade paper samples, one is from 1609, another from 1625, and one from 2017, but not in that order... Can you guess which one is the modern one?

Cinquecento Tooth Handmade paper from Papel Texano imitates to a stunning degree the surface and feel of the kind of paper that was used during the Italian Renaissance for studies and drawing with chalk by the likes of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael.

Please feel free to ask any questions, and also see other Cinquecento Tooth Handmade listings for other dimensions, medieval-laid in letter-size, and samples.

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Artists that take their pastel or chalk work seriously care about "tooth" and texture.

Tooth refers to the rough surface of certain paper, as different from smooth plain paper.
This texture is essential to get soft media like pastel, chalk, charcoal, to grab and "bind" with the support and "build" tone and color, otherwise most would slide off.

To that end, modern industrial fancy artist charcoal paper made with machines has random "bumps" and "valleys", the so called "cold press" texture.

Paper made in Italy in the 1500s was couched on coarse wool felt, where the the curly sheep "hairs" left a very distinctive pattern on the surface. See the picture of a closeup of a celebrated Leonardo da Vinci chalk drawing.

That is the kind of paper surface that the Old Masters used, and now you can, too. (did you guess? an early experiment of mine is sample "B")

Using modern materials and techniques (it's become hard to find 1500s sheep nowadays...) I have managed to imitate this Renaissance texture on my handmade paper, "mediaeval-laid" up to letter-size, "wove" for larger dimensions. I use 100% cotton recycled rag pulp with alkaline buffer, thinly tinted with archival pigment to a gentle ivory tone.

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Handmade paper that has not been trimmed to size has somewhat irregular "deckle edges" on all four sides. The art piece dimensions are not "precise", but include those deckle edges.
In the grand old days fancy quality paper was trimmed. In our times the rustic look is favored, handmade paper looks more "real" and fancy when uncut. This all could be a bit of a complication when framing, often a mat frame is meant to cover the edges of a picture, what to do if instead you want to display those edges? There is no "standard" answer, but if this is a concern to you, on request I can provide also the dimensions of the printed or high relief part, what you would want to display even if the deckle edges themselves were covered.
An elegant, classy laid pattern is almost invisible, noticed well only by with a light behind the paper or from a side.

Industrial laid paper is very aggressive and deep. Gauche. Looks cool, but it feels a bit like someone is trying too hard. Alas, to many, that's all they know, so let's not be too hard on them.

Papermakers have always made an effort to offer paper that is uniform, thin, strong, still the qualities of the best handmade paper. Innovation was all about improving on those.

Today's industrial paper is almost "perfect". No irregularities, VERY uniform.

That is, essentially lifeless.

To many, it's the slight unevenness what makes handmade desirable. Spells h.u.m.a.n.
Papermaker tools become more reliable as time passes. The earliest were more irregular.

The "medieval laid" laid pattern has some irregular spacing between wire lines. The chain lines not always parallel, with shadows on both sides.

"Antique laid" has more precise, very square line patterns, still with chain line shadows. Some people call all paper with shadows "antique", making no difference for "medieval". Say 1500 AD and later.

"Modern laid" has no shadows, is much more regular. Not common before about 1820 AD.

While I also offer "modern", my heart goes to GOOD "medieval", good meaning reasonably thin paper with uniform SURFACE, the laid pattern being elegantly irregular, but discrete, visible with backlight.