The paper used by Ex Sapientia, especially for the way it is handled in our workshop, is one of our most popular references. The truth is that any raw material with high quality becomes a reference and Ex Sapientia always tries to do the best.
The recipe for our paper stems from the sharing of knowledge of several generations of bookbinders, a calligrapher and the person in charge of the library at one of the monasteries that I attended, having been perfected by Ex Sapientia.
We will present the work processes, however, we safeguard that the secret recipe cannot be shared under any circumstances. ;)
We use semi-handmade, industrial and permanent paper, with a thickness that varies between 100gms and 300gms, in order to make the journal more versatile, always depending on its purpose. The paper we use in our journals allows you to work with many media, such as Indian ink, fountain pens, watercolors, oil bars, dry pastel and many more materials. If you're willing to use more liquid supports do not work in direct sunlight or with at high temperatures.
The direction of the fiber of the paper is always aligned with the spine of the journal, in order to extend the longevity of any notebooks we produce, since the journal won't bend.
It may have a coloration that varies between white and cream color, or aged/stainde (when we use aour recipe), using sporadically black paper for certain types of work, or Fabriano watercolor paper for specific and exclusive works with watercolors and with watering techniques, for faster drying.
Preparation of the recipe 48 hours in advance, as a matter of rest
Paper cutting: manual or mechanical
Immersion of paper through the solution
Placing paper in greenhouse trays
Collect the paper when it is dry
Coutnig the paper, fold the signatures and make the hole to be stitched
As expected, this is a slow and very sensitive process and will always be dependent on weather conditions as the paper should not be subjected to artificial drying methods, at the risk of damaging part of its fibers.
The paper should also not, under any circumstances, be collect wet, under the risk of creating fungi on the leather, tearing during the sewing process, or compromising the use of certain materials in it, especially nibs, feathers or fountain pens.
So, by having one of our notebooks you will a journal for life with the best quality paper and an exquisite design.
Thanks! See you around ;)