Post about what we've learned about using wax on handmade paper to enhance its look, translucence, chroma, value, etc. The basic recipe we've settled on is beeswax, poppy oil and xylene (or odorless mineral spirits for those brain cell counters) (1:1:2) We look at abaca and cotton papers. We've varied the ingredients substituting paraffin, soy wax, safflower drying oil, turpentine.
We want to vary the basic recipe to address specific goals like removing the whiteness in partially restraint dried abaca or deepening light cotton colors.
We're artists so you know we have short attention spans and get happily derailed when we see a really artsy looking mistake. And you know you’re not going to see uniform sample papers with neat copperplate captions.Read More