InKjEt PaPERS ThaT Will Give Your PhoTos Pizzazz
some specialty Papers
We love all Moab papers but for special book projects,
we’re addicted to the Entrada Rag Bright 190 and the
Lasal Photo Matte 235 (available in 8 x 9 or 12 x 13-inch
pages). Both papers, but particularly the Entrada, are
great for color, black-and-white and infrared images.
The papers are double-sided and come pre-punched
for use with the Chinle Digital Book package (black
leather cover, posts, slip case), which is super easy
to put together. Plus, Moab provides Photoshop
layout templates that help speed up the process. We
prefer to make our own artist and photo books from
scratch, so we simply buy the refill pages, print out
the images, raid our stash of bookboard, book cloth
and decorative endpapers, and create our own covers.
Either way, Entrada and Lasal are, we think, ideal for
photo and artist books.
Prices: $33 to $57 (Entrada Rag Bright 190);
$26 to $42 (Lasal Photo Matte 235);
$24 to $60 (Chinle Digital Book)
For more delicate work, we love Japanese and Asian papers. They give a special feel, both visual and tactile, to photographs.
Among our favorites is the Moenkopi Washi product line from Moab, which is produced at the Awagami Factory in Tokushima,
Japan. There are three surface options, although all of the papers are made from natural fibers and coated for inkjet ink
(pigment recommended). Kozo (110 gsm) is machine made from mulberry fibers and has a smooth, hot press surface with a
warm, creamy white base. Unryu ( 55 gsm), also machine made from mulberry fibers, is more decorative with long strands of
fiber pressed into the mold when the paper is being formed.
But the crème de la crème is the Bizan (300 gsm). This natural white paper is handmade with mulberry and hemp fibers
and dried in the sun. It comes with four deckled edges and is extraordinarily beautiful. While you might balk at the price, the
craftsmanship is evident the second you pick up a piece of this gorgeous paper. (We’ve made paper by hand; it’s a time-consuming
process and our paper never even came close to looking like any of Moab’s Moenkopi papers, so they’re all well worth the money.)
We love Japanese papers for portraits, flowers, photo collages and illustrations that call for an ethereal look. The Kozo and Unryu
come in A4 and A3+ cut sheets as well as 17, 24 and 44-inch rolls. The Bizan is available in single A3 sheets only.
Prices: $28 to $421 (Kozo); $21 to $284 (Unryu); $34 (Bizan)
Other Japanese papers that offer alternatives for soft images include several from
Digital Art Supplies. Shikoku ( 80 gsm) comes in both natural and white, can be printed
on both sides (unusual for Japanese inkjet papers), and is compatible with inkjet and
laserjet printers. One side is smooth, while the other is slightly textured, so this paper
is really versatile and may be worth checking out for promotional work or invitations.
Shikoku is available in 8. 5 x 11-inch multiple sheet packages; single 25 x 38-inch sheets
are also available.
Another unique paper is Peacock, a medium-weight handmade Japanese paper. It
has a special, almost iridescent finish and comes in buff, green and rose. We tend to
favor the buff and the rose, and use the latter for macro flower images. It’s a lovely
paper and, like the Shikoku (or any of the Japanese papers) may be worth looking at
for promotional work or invitations, in addition to more standard photographic prints.
Peacock is available in 8. 5 x 11-inch cut sheets only.
Prices: $12 to $114 (Shikoku); $20 to $116 (Peacock);
$12 to $145 (Kinwashi); $19 to $39 (various sample packs)