Working With Vellum

Vellum drying after pre-shrinking

I'm working with a client to produce hand-made artist books with pages made of an imitation vellum, or translucent paper.

The pages will be ganged up on these larger sized sheets, printed in platinum and eventually mechanically cut to a specific shape and size to make up the pages, but first the sheets need to be pre-shrunk to become dimensionally stable. After being soaked in hot water, they're hung up to dry and then flattened in a dry mount press. Without these steps, the paper would shrink during the printing process and not match our cutting template.

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