About The Papers I Use

Generally, there are three standard papers that I use for the pages of my books – although watercolour and other papers are available by special request. These standard papers are chosen for their high quality, their excellent sustainability & environmental profiles, and their cost.

Drawing Cartridge

A high quality medium-weight illustration & drawing paper with a matte finish and a slight tooth.  This acid-free, archival paper plays really well with graphite, pencils, and charcoal.  I’ve found that it also accepts fineliners and certain fountain pen inks quite nicely, so it’s worth while experimenting with other media.

Specifications:

  • Density/grammage: 150gsm
  • Colours: Natural White, Cream
  • Texture: Slight tooth
  • Recommended Media: Graphite, pencils, charcoal
  • Manufacturer: James Cropper, PLC

Environment & Sustainability:

  • Acid-free
  • Fully recyclable & biodegradable
  • FSC Certified – sourced from well-managed forests
  • ECF – elemental chlorine free
  • Employs CHP Energy Recyling in production
  • REACH compliant – relates to the production & use of chemical substances
  • 94/62/EC & CONEG compliant – relates to toxic substances in packaging & packaging waste
  • EN 71-3 compliant – relates to the migration of toxic elements in toys

Standard Journal Paper

This is the best choice for everyday writing and doodling using ballpoint, rollerball & gel pens, and/or pencils.  With pencil, I prefer to opt for 2B or softer.  At 100gsm, show-through is rare, but if you choose to use fountain pens with this paper you may experience some feathering.  Overall, it’s a fantastic choice for most note-takers & writers.

Specifications:

  • Density/grammage: 100gsm
  • Colours: Bright White
  • Texture: Smooth
  • Recommended Media: Soft pencils; everyday pens, e.g. ballpoint, rollerball.
  • Manufacturer: Lenzing Papier GmbH

Environment & Sustainability:

  • Acid-free
  • Wood-free
  • TCF – totally chlorine free
  • FSC Certified
  • EU Ecolabel
  • 100% de-inked post-consumer waste
  • 3rd Party Audited (WWF) – scored 98% in relation to overall sustainability in Forest, Climate, and Water categories.
  • ISO 9706 & DIN 6738 compliant – archival, high resistance to ageing

Fountain Pen Friendly Journal Paper – COMING SOON!

Specifications:

  • Density/grammage: 85gsm
  • Colours: White
  • Texture: Smooth
  • Recommended Media: Fountain pen
  • Manufacturer: Fabriano (Fedrigoni)

Environment & Sustainability:

  • Acid-free
  • Wood-free
  • TCF – totally chlorine free
  • ISO 9706 compliant – archival, high resistance to ageing
  • 94/62/EC compliant – free of toxic substances (heavy metals)

Printing

Some of my journals will have printed layouts, e.g. for lined paper, dot-grid, squares, or music manuscript.  I can’t guarantee that these will be in stock often, and I’m only able to do this for small and medium books (up to approx. A5).