Hand Made Paper
The Evanescent Press
At the Evanescent Press in the mountains of Mendocino County, California, we publish original books on our own hand made paper, printed letterpress from hand set type, and hand bound. We make paper from hemp, flax, kenaf, abaca, cotton, and other natural fibers, including the local weeds that grow wild on our mountain. Our papers are natural waterleaf (without added sizing), and are buffered to a neutral pH for archival quality.
In addition to fine book and art papers, we also make an unusual collection of decorative papers including Flower, Moss, Grape Wine, Plum Wine, Seaweed, and Wild Ocean.
We also make custom papers for special projects, and offer commercial services of letterpress printing and hand bookbinding.
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Beet, Carrot, Flower, Grape Wine, Grape Wine Wild, Grape Wine Light, Grape Wine Light Wild, Grape Wine Warm, Grape Wine Warm Wild, Junk Mail, Maple Leaf, Moss, Moss & Flower, Oatmeal & Toasted Sesame, Oatmeal Fine, Oatmeal Medium, Plum Wine, Red Earth Nos. 1-6, Seaweed Blue, Seaweed Natural, Silk, Turquoise, Wild Ocean Blue, Wild Ocean Natural
Hemp, Kenaf, Abaca, Cotton, Flax, Local Hemp (with hurds), Local Weeds, Sow Thistle, Spartina Seaweed (green), Pure Hemp 10% Local, Pure Hemp 50% Local, Hemp/Cotton, Hemp/Kenaf, Hemp/Kenaf/Abaca, Hemp/Kenaf/Cotton, Kenaf/Abaca, Kenaf/Cotton
Cool White, Warm White, Triple Cream, Custom Colors
We offer letterpress printing from hand set type or plates made from your own typography and/or artwork. We use either a Chandler & Price platen press or a Vandercook cylinder press. For best results, we usually print on dampened paper. For most work, hand made paper is usually torn to size, as the torn edges resemble natural deckles. Business cards or other small formats are usually more effective cut. We can also prepare a custom deckle to produce paper in any size (up to 18" x 24") with four natural deckles.
Cutting, per piece. . . . 4¢
Tearing, per piece. . . . 20¢
Damping, per piece. . . 15¢
Ink Preparation. . . . . . .$30.
Composition. . . . . . .. $50.
Make-Ready. . . . . . . . . $10.
Printing, per piece. . . . . 20¢
16" x 20". . . . . $7.00
18" x 24". . . . . $8.50
(Some special papers are more; e.g. Wild Ocean,
Turquoise, rare inclusions, extra heavy paper, etc.)
25 sheets. . . . . 20%
100 sheets. . . . 40%
1000 sheets. . . . 50%
Sample Swatches: (25-30)
U.S.A. . . . . . . . . . . .$10.00.
International Air. . . . . $15.00.
Shipping & Handling:
4" flat box (50-100 sheets) $15.00
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