A Sheet of Handmade Paper

by Marcus Milwright | Talking about art

What makes handmade paper different from the paper we use in our everyday lives? This talk suggests that we should pay more attention to how paper is made and the impact it can have on drawing, printmaking, calligraphy, and painting.

Figure 1. Sheet of handmade cotton rag paper made by John Whatman, England. 1980s. Photograph: Marcus Milwright.

Figure 2. Detail of sheet showing the unsized edges.

Figure 3. Detail showing the texture created by the use of a wove mould.

Figure 4. Detail showing the main watermark.