I was going to write a post about a great deal being offered at Twinrocker Paper. Their handmade paper is gorgeous and sadly fairly expensive. The Yale Cream paper (laid) in the light weight (similar to the weight of paper used in a good quality hardbound book) and they had a run of seconds. Since the paper (depending on finish – laid, wove, hot pressed or cold pressed etc) can run between $9.00 – $10.00 a sheet, it is beautiful and worth it.
The deal/sale for the seconds was if you were buying the paper and it was under 10 sheets you received 30% off the price, if you bought 11-25 sheets it was 40% off and if you bought more than 26 sheets it was 50% off that price. Quite agood deal. I purchased several sheets and although I was told there was crinkling at the edges, but it wasn’t noticeable to me.
Sadly I wasn’t fast enough to post this and a classmate told me last night, that he’d purchased the last of it. For those of you who knew about this great deal but didn’t take advantage of it, the opportunity is gone. For those of you who did know and scored some great paper at 1/2 price congrats.
The papers take pencils, chalks, inks and (depending on weight of the paper) watercolor beautifully. In fact, William Matthews uses a specially formulated (read lovely brown)Twinrocker paper for many of his beautiful watercolors.
If you’re wondering what the hoopla is about the paper, you can order a sampler pack of either the normal papers ($15.00 + shipping), decorative papers ($15.00 + shipping), or a combination back ($30.00 + shipping). The paper is wonderful.
One caution about the Twinrocker site, the page that contains information about the papers and weights is not linked to the page you actually order the papers so ordering can be confusing. Twinrocker uses unique phrases to describe weights. For instance I mistakenly assumed “LA” equaled laid paper and happily ordered several sheets to try. LA actually refers to a weight of paper. This is the linkfor the explanation on paper weights and terms. And, if worse comes to worse and you’re still confused, call them. I’ve found them to be extremely helpful and friendly. If you love pencil work, recommend trying their cornflower blue and the delphi gray. I think they would both be great for life drawing. I have some of each but I’ve been hording them.
The last time I ordered through them, I called the order in on a Saturday, it was shipped on Monday and arrived neatly packed on Wednesday of the same week. By the way, if you spend more than $100.00 the shipping is Free.
I use the Twinrocker for drawing in Robert Liberace’s class. The paper is prepared with the watercolor was (usually ochre) and then a layer of the amber shellac with denatured alcohol (1:5 ratio).