The Sunday Paper #249
March 3, 2019
Oblation Papers & Press has just released a new product: handmade watercolor paper. This soft-white paper is ph-neutral, made from 100% recycled cotton and crafted by hand in their Portland, OR shop. This latest product makes Oblation the only company to manufacture watercolor paper on the west coast, and one of the few companies in the world to offer 100% handmade, vegan watercolor paper, crafted from recycled materials.
I laughed out loud when I read this headline in Veg News: “Portland, OR-based letterpress shop Oblation Papers & Press recently developed a vegan watercolor paper that rivals that of the top-regarded French papermaker Arches but without the use of animal products.” It sounds like a scene right out of Portlandia! But with all due respect, this is an outstanding company that I worked for back in the day, and one of the premiere paper stores in the country. It is a clever marketing angle, and I’ve seen it used by another paper company. I wonder if most watercolor artists are vegans…
In the Studio:
Last Call! My biannual online paper sale ends tonight at midnight (MST). Treat yourself to unique handmade papers that you won’t find anywhere else in the world! Here’s a link to the sale page, and click on the image below to watch the video about the various paper packages: The Maker’s Paper (abaca with embedded washers), honeycomb cover papers, translucent abaca, honeycomb watermarks, the How-To Package, and some sweet little Japanese coin pouches.