Types of Paper to Use

Papers come in different sizes and different weights with the most common used for printmaking being 250 or 300 grams per square metre (gsm), approximately 120-140 lb. Some common quality papers are Hahnemule, Fabriano, Somerset and Arches, which are the mill names.

Paper should be torn rather than cut with a knife to give an edge closer in appearance to a deckle. Work on a flat clean surface, place the paper face down and using a straight edge, pull the paper in upwards and towards the centre of the sheet.


Rollataq Glue System

Dry-mount hand applicator (small or large)

  • Archival, Acid free, non-toxic glue
  • Provides the strongest adhesion possible
  • Will not soak through even thin papers
  • Will not yellow over time
  • Rolls on a micro thin coating of glue
  • After coating, positionable for 2 minutes
  • Dries to a permanent bond within 10 minutes
  • Bond will not be affected by heat, humidity or aging
  • Combines coaters with a unique cold adhesive
  • Rollataq has a short dry time of about 2 minutes but it is supposed to be repositionable during those 2 minutes. It needs to be put through a press to finalize the process.
  • It is economical and costs 4 cents per sq. ft

 Rollataq Application   Rollataq Application 2

Research experience has show gluing mulberry paper to black background will have the glue show through. They do have a larger glue system that will glue an entire sheet. For chine colle prints, the glue does not soak into handmade rice paper, this avoids the stech issues on the paper. We checked some forums and there seems to be a love/hate options of the product. Many people think that it is great but some feel that it needs too much maintenance (keeping it clean). They have a video on that page that shows it in action.