What is the paper made from?
All of our papers are made from 100% organic fibers. Cotton, Linen and Abaca are the most common fibers that we use. To give texture and character to certain papers other fibers are also introduced in small quantities, such as straw, pine needles or flower petals. These other organic fibers are all harvested sustainable and locally.
What sizes of paper do you sell?
We currently sell three basic sizes of paper:
- 8½ x 11 inches
- 10½ x 15 inches
- 16 x 20 inches
Is you paper archival?
Yes. Because our paper is all made from 100% natural Ph neutral fibers (cooking prior to beating insures that lignans and other impurities are removed), it will last generations if cared for properly. This is what makes our handmade papers ideal for fine art purposes and stationary for any special announcements or invitations.
What can you do with our paper?
Our papers can be used for anything that you would normally do with paper - it will always look better and last much longer on our handmade paper!
What is a deckle edge?
A decal edge refers to the unique edge found in each sheet of handmade paper. This edge is a result forming and pressing process used to make the paper. The deckle edge guarantees that each piece of paper is an original work of artisan craft.
Can you print on it?
Yes you can print on our papers using traditional printing press methods or modern inkjet technology. We can specially formulate a paper to meet your needs, whether it be etching, letterpress printing, bookbinding, restoration or wedding invitations made with your computer and inkjet printer - YES! you can use our papers in your direct feed inkjet home office printers to make your own special projects!
Is your paper sized?
Yes all of our papers come sized and ready to use with any medium. Internal sizing of the paper prevents excessive bleeding of certain water-based mediums such as ink or watercolors.
What artist mediums can be used on your paper?
You can use a wide variety of traditional water-based mediums on our hand made paper.
How is handmade paper made?
Handmade Paper is paper made by hand using a mould (a frame covered with a flat, rigid screen or flexible screen). Handmade paper is a layer of entwined fibers and held together by the natural bonding properties of cellulose fibers. The mold is covered by a flat frame called a deckle, to contain the run-off of wet pulp, dipped into a vat of wet pulp, shaken to distribute the fibers evenly and drained of its excess water. The wet mat of fibers remaining in the newly formed sheet is then dried against blankets & may be hot pressed, cold pressed, or air-dried.
What is special about handmade paper?
Handmade paper can be used in all craft applications in which you would normally use paper. It can be folded, printed, drawn on and painted on. It can be glued, holes punched through and cut to shape. It has extraordinary “fold strength” meaning that it can be worked and re-worked without tearing easily. Bookbinders and card producers love this feature!
Are your lamps made with paper?
Yes all of our lamps are made using handmade Abaca paper, which is wet-formed over copper wire, hand painted and then assembled. This lengthy, detailed and intriguing process is the result of years of sculpture and handmade paper experience, combining the skills of HazelTree’s two artisans, Gerald Beaulieu and Christine Trainor. Our clients get to have a beautiful original Gerald Beaulieu functional sculpture in their homes! These also adorn restaurants and office spaces.
These can be custom ordered.
These can be custom ordered.