Printing on specialty papers is one of the most rewarding aspects of making prints. Paper comes in full sheets or rolls that can be tough to tear down due to their unwieldy size. Even worse, your paper might become damaged in the process of resizing.
When I got serious about making prints buying paper was a significant pain point. Paper can get expensive, and I was worried I might mess up while printing on it. But the worst feeling was accidentally ruining the paper as I tore it down by measuring wrong or damaging it.
Everyone should feel comfortable using specialty printing papers. That’s why I wrote five rules to follow when tearing paper. When you follow these rules, tearing paper becomes a ritual leading up to the printing process, and no longer a chore.
Woodblock printing is growing in popularity because the craft requires no special equipment like a press or drying racks. Aside from specialty materials like Japanese stencil brushes and barens, everything you need can be found at your local hardware and art supply stores.