Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Split French Goatskin!

Ever want to work in leather but are bothered by all of the work and preparation involved?
Sick of sending your skins off to the mountains to be split?

Worry no longer, as TALAS now stocks a variety of our French Goatskin’s in a “split” variety.
At only 0.5-0.6 mm thick, make these skins an absolute pleasure to work with!

Split French Goatskin

Did I also mention just how very, very economically priced they are?
So, what's stopping you - go and check them out here!

Vegetable tanned and aniline dyes there are 7 colors and available in two grades.

Monday, September 27, 2010

13th Edition Catalog!

Can't wait until our 13th Edition Catalog returns from the printer next month??

Well, no worries - the new catalog has just been uploaded to our website
& is waiting for you to download your copy today!

Here is a sneak-peak of what our cover looks like:
Our inventory lines have expanded into 256 pages...
(including a 16 page color section in the back, providing a large number of color swatches)

Be the first to get your hands on our newest edition!

For those who still prefer the hard-copy version,
we expect it to be available the week of October 11th.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fabriano CMF Ingres

Were you as upset as we were upon receiving notice that
Fabriano Ingres was to be discontinued?

For close to a year now we have been selling out our inventory... that was until the recent introduction of:

Fabriano CMF Ingres

The CMF Ingres is very similar to the discontinued Fabriano Ingres line, however, it only includes natural colored papers and are available for sale at a much lower price point.

The unique grain and the highly lightfast colors are characteristic of these papers. Acid free, they are ideal for fancy paperwork, bookbinding, drawing (pastel and charcoal)and collage as well as deluxe editions, brochures and presentations.

Available in 90 gsm and 160 gsm. All sheets are 27" x 39" (70cm x 100 cm) and grain long.

Interested in this new product & want a swatch book to see what it's really like?

Be one of the first 10 people to email with the header "Send me my free CMF Ingres sample book" and you will recieve your CMF Ingres book on the house!!

Please be sure to include your address in your email and we will send you a book, no charge.

Sorry out-of-towners, this offer is only valid for U.S. addresses... but just to fair, if you live outside of the USA and would like your sample book, mention this post in your next order & we'll throw one in gratis!

So get emailing before someone else beats you to it and snags your free sample book!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Marbling Paper, the Age Old Question

What paper is best for making marbled paper?

This age old question has been asked for centuries... and quite frankly we have always been a little confused as to what the best option may be.

When talking about papers these days, it is nearly impossible to neglect to acknowledge Buffering agents. Most of our papers have them, and they are not a marblers friend! Calcium Carbonate is an increasing buffering agent in many papers these days. This buffering agent is a cheaper "fill" then pure paper pulp, and is infiltrating the fibers of our commercially made paper!

So, you ask, why is calcium carbonate or other buffering agents
so problematic in the marbling process?
The answer lies in the way pigments are absorbed by the paper in conjunction with the sheets wet-strength. Using a filler as opposed to pure paper pulp has a negative effect on both of these characteristics.

What is the answer?
And how can we avoid cheap fillers to help create the best marbled paper possible?

TALAS recently introduced a new product to our ever-expanding inventory of products;
this product is called:


Originally purposed as an interleaving and envelope paper for archival purposes... we have since discovered its relevance & ideal characteristics suited for the marbling industry.

It is an 80lb text, ph neutral, 25% cotton paper of high quality, free of any buffering agents.

Recently, our customer James Tapley, ordered some Bond Paper to test on his own. This is what he had to say:

I wanted to let you know that the bond marbles beautifully. Sheets can be alumed (the standard one level tbsp per cup water), allowed to dry, and they flatten perfectly for use later. The surface is just the right amount of smooth, not too toothy (which disrupts fine lines) and not to hard and shiny, just right. I'm putting a finished sheet in the mail so you can judge for yourself but you should have no fear in recommending it. My only suggestion would be that you specify grain direction for each of the sheet sizes you offer.

There is a cheaper sulphite drawing paper that Dick Blick offers (Iris Nevins uses it) but it is not near so nice as the bond's surface or wet strength. And while Light Impressions offers the bond at a slightly lower price they don't maintain a stock and customer service is pretty bad.

So thanks, I'll be ordering some more from you. I prefer a 20" x 26" sheet but the offcuts will always come in handy. Hope its a grand holiday weekend for you.

Try it yourself, and be sure to let us know what you think!