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ppaper - A mass of interlaced cellulose fibers in sheet or roll form, used as a combination ground and support in drawing, watercolor and pastel painting, and the various graphic arts techniques. Fine arts papers are made of pulped linen and cotton rags; while lower quality, impermanent papers, such as newsprint, construction paper, coated papers, and butcher paper, are made of wood pulp or a combination of wood pulp and cotton rag.


Some of the best fine arts papers are handmade, usually coming in a number of standard sizes:

 Size Name  Standard  Inches  Millimeters
 A10  Int. Stan. Org. (ISO)  1.02 x 1.46  26 x 37
 B7  USA  3 x 5  76 x 102
 Crown Octavo  Imperial  7 1/8 x 4 3/4  181 x 121
 Foolscap quarto  Imperial  8 1/8 x 6 1/2  206 x 165
 A  Amer. Nat. Stan. Inst.  8 1/2 x 11  216 x 279
 Demy Octavo  Imperial  8 3/8 x 5 3/8  213 x 137
 Arch-A  USA  9 x 12  229 x 305
 Royal octavo  Imperial  9 1/2 x 6  242 x 152
 Arch-B  USA  12 x 18  305 x 457

 Foolscap folio  Imperial  13 1/8 x 8 1/4  333 x 210
 Arch-C  USA  18 x 24  457 x 610
 Demy  Imperial  23 x 18 1/2  584 x 470
 Arch-D  USA  24 x 36  610 x 914
 Princess  Imperial  28 x 21 1/2  711 x 546
 Imperial  Imperial  30 x 22  26 x 37
 E  Amer. Nat. Stan. Inst.  34 x 24  864 x 1118
 Arch-E  USA  36 x 48  914 x 1219
 Double Elephant  Imperial  40 x 27  1016 x 686
 Antiquarian  Imperial  53 x 21  1346 x 533

Two traditional sizes of paper for Japanese prints are chuban — c. 11 x 8 inches — and oban — c. 15 x 10 inches. Writing papers contain a water-resistant substance such as rosin to prevent the spreading of ink. Kraft paper, made chemically with sulfate, is used for bags and wrapping papers because of its strength.

Crude papers were being made in China by c. 100 BCE, although a man named Tsai Lun received praise from the emperor in 105 CE for his methods of making paper from tree bark, hemp, remnant rags, and fishing nets. The forerunners of European paper were papyrus in ancient Egypt, and parchment from Roman times through the Middle Ages. The first paper mill in the Muslim world was established at Samarkand in 751 CE, two Chinese prisoners having revealed the technique of papermaking to their captors. The Moors introduced the papermaking process into Spain c. 1150. By the fifteenth century in Europe, paper mills were widely established, and paper was often used as a support for works of art, as well as for the books printed with the just-invented movable-type, and for the prints being made by the new technique called engraving.

Papers are most often joined with adhesives, staples, or tapes.

Also see blot, book, bristol board, card or cardboard, cartridge paper, Chinese art, corrugated, embossed, ephemera, fold, frisket, glassine, graphic arts, graphic design, guillotine, illustration board, incunabulum, laid, letterhead, marbling, oaktag, packaging, papermaking, papier-collé, papier- mâché, parchment, philately, positive, prints and printmaking, scissors, tissue paper, translucent, vellum, watermark, and wove.





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