Vintage papers

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  • #108947
     Tom Cunliffe 
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    @tom-cunliffe

    I would like to recommend Vintage Papers who supply antique and vintage watercolour paper, often hand-made. I’ve just received a sample pack and a pack of 50 sheets which were made in the 1950s (both promptly delivered and nicely wrapped in a cardboard box).  The link to the shop is at the top right of the home page.

    This is a tiny company located on the Orkney Islands in the far north of Scotland .  Their website says, “Like many products made using natural materials, paper gets better with age, it matures, strengthens and develops its own character. Most of us will not have used or even handled paper of this quality simply because it isn’t made any more and hasn’t been for many years.  The difference between these papers and  budget paper is like night and day and when compared to modern mould-made papers these outshine and outperform”.

    I’ve just received my first order from Vintage Paper Company and I must say, its very beautiful stuff.  I have a couple of packs made by W.S. Hodgkinson & Co., Ltd. at the Wookey Hole mill in Somerset, sometime in the 1950s, made with cotton rag and sized with gelatine.  It feels and looks very good and I can hardly wait to try it out.

    The website provides a wealth of information about the various papers on offer including the history of the mills and is worth browsing around for anyone with an interest in fine papers.

    I have no connection with this company whatsoever but felt that other watercolourists may be interested to try something different in the way of paper and experience something which certainly isn’t being produced in the same way today.

    #108948
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    Thank you for the link.  I suspect the S&H to ship here in the U.S. would make it too costly, but it’s nice to look and dream.  And maybe one of these days, I’ll buy some anyway!

    #108950
     Susan Cuss 
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    @susan-cuss-1

    Ooooh, sounds wonderful! I’m going to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

    #109000
     Anonymous

    Thanks for this.

    #109005
     Vintage Paper Co 
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    @vintagepaperco

    🙂 please do!

    #109008
     Vintage Paper Co 
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    @vintagepaperco

    Hi Susan – shipping and handling to the US starts at about $4 for trial paper packs and maximum is about $25 for large sheets of paper (even if you buy 10, 100 or 1000 sheets) so it isn’t wildly expensive! Delivery takes about 7 – 14 days.

    Hope that’s helpful.

    William

    Vintage Paper Co, UK.

    #109046
     Paula Langford 
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    @paula

    My inner paper geek just swooned!

    #109066
     Teri Casper 
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    @teric

    Thanks for the info. Sounds intriguing.

    #109069
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    That’s very reasonable.  Oooh.  Another hit to the pocketbook!

    #109176
     Tom Cunliffe 
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    @tom-cunliffe

    Here’s a painting I did using 60 year old paper from Vintage Paper Co

    https://doodlewash.com/members/tom-cunliffe/artwork/#PhotoSwipe1507882931969

    #109177
     Tom Cunliffe 
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    @tom-cunliffe

    Here’s a painting  of a coastal cottage I did using 60 year old paper from Vintage Paper Co

    https://doodlewash.com/members/tom-cunliffe/artwork/#PhotoSwipe1507882931969

    #109434
     Kate Powell 
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    @kate-powell

    Thanks Tom!  I make paper and love vintage papers and this is a temptation…  One thot tho — I can’t tell which image is which when you give the links to your paintings, so why not pop the image into your comment?

    • This reply was modified 2 months ago by  Kate Powell.
    #109443
     Tom Cunliffe 
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    @tom-cunliffe

    Thanks for that Kate – I’m still getting used to Doodle wash.

    Here are two images I did using Vintage Paper Co papers.  The one of the little house is painted on 60 year old paper and the flower painting is done on new hot-pressed paper made specially for the company.  I got them both in sample packs.  William, the proprietor is a very helpful man seems to have an eagle eye out for old paper stock which would otherwise be pulped.

    Prospect Cottage

    A rare attempt at painting flowers!

    #124268
     Charlie O’Shields 
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    @doodlewash

    For anyone interested in trying vintage papers, there’s now a coupon in the DO Points Shop for 25% OFF WSH Handmade Vintage Paper from Vintage Paper Co! Click here to redeem it!

    #124282
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    What beautiful paintings, Tom.  I can’t wait to get my paper!

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