Mary Lawler Art Blog
In Annonay, France, the Canson paper mill has making the finest art papers in the world for nearly 450 years. Descendants of the founding Montgolfier family work today in the Rhone Valley mill where the company first produced paper in 1557. Canson__™s history tells the story of the development of fine papermaking, and includes such milestones as the manufacture of the first French vellum fine writing paper in 1777, and the use of the Hollander (cylinder) for pulp beating in 1781. But the company__™s most publicized accomplishment came in 1783, when brothers Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier invented the hot-air balloon __" made of paper! In 1807, Napoleon awarded a patent to the Mongolfiers for a pulp coloring process. It was a son-in-law named Canson who patented a technique for incorporating sizing into paper.
Tracing paper__™s semi transparent quality allowed for the overlay of images for comparison and fitting as well as the copy and transfer of shapes and images long before copy technology made it possible. The surface of tracing paper while seemingly quite smooth has a tooth that is excellent for pencil drawing, colored pencil and pastel. The surface is also excellent for pen and ink, technical pen, and marker.
Pergamano Parchment Craft is a popular, rediscovered craft rooted in an art form that stems back almost two thousand years. Today's parchment craft projects are delicately beautiful, lacy designs created by a combination of techniques including embossing, stippling, perforating, cutting and coloring.
Tracing paper can also be used as carbon paper. After tracing the desired shape(s)rub the reverse of the image area with a soft pencil or graphite stick. Rub lightly with a tissue to remove the excess powder. Turn right side up, position and retrace the original shape. The graphite on the reverse will leave a faithful mark.
In addition to it__™s familiar uses, tracing paper and tracing vellum have found new uses in the 20th century. Tracing vellum can be put through a laser printer and keep a crisp image but doesn__™t work well with ink jet printers. Tracing vellum can be used as a wrapper, slip-sheet or as an overlay for original drawings and formal documents. Made from cotton fibers, today's parchment (vellum, tracing paper) is translucent with a smooth surface and light gray color.
Canson__™s tracing paper is 100% cotton fiber and contains no translucence, chemicals, bleaches or optic whiteners. For more information on the entire line of Canson__™s fine artists papers and art materials go to www.canson-us.com.