black paper for calligraphy
May 31, 2005 7:28 AM   Subscribe

Can anyone recommend a good black paper for calligraphy? I used to use Coloraid (silk-screened colors), but they've gone out of business and afaik, Pantone/Letraset stopped making such paper long ago. If there's no alternative, I'll consider having paper custom silkscreened. What sort of silkscreening is good to write on? The general characteristics for a calligraphy paper are smooth but not glossy, and I'd prefer something more flexible than snapshot paper. (I mostly use my calligraphy for buttons/badges, and I'd rather have something that folds around the edge of the button.) Part of the challenge is ink/paper compatibility--these days I'm using Luma Bleedproof White and McCaffery's Ivory. If you've got a favorite opague, tractable white ink, please let me know.
posted by Nancy Lebovitz to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
If this is the Coloraid you're referring to, they certainly don't *seem* to be out of business.
posted by boomchicka at 9:05 AM on May 31, 2005


My favorite paper store is Paper Source. They have a Black paper on their website. I haven't used their stock for calligraphy, but they're friendly and would be able to tell you if it's appropriate.
posted by FreezBoy at 9:14 AM on May 31, 2005


I think Twinrocker makes a nice smooth-finish printmaking paper in carbon black. I've seen it at Amsterdam Art in Berkeley, Ca, although I don't see it now in any online Twinrocker catalogs.
posted by luriete at 9:18 AM on May 31, 2005


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