Previous posts have discussed various papers used in bookarts, but I didn’t see any mention of Saint-Armand papers made in Montreal (Canada). They are one of my favourite papers with wonderful textures and colours, so I thought I would share a little about them with you.
The Saint-Armand paper mill manufactures a variety of papers, including handmade and machine-made. The mill was established in 1979 by David Carruthers, who comes from a family associated with paper. I met David Carruthers over 10 years ago at a workshop, and I remember him telling us you could tell the pH of a paper by its taste (yes, with your tongue!) but I haven't developed that skill yet!
Saint-Armand papers are made from rag pulp rather than paper pulp so it is a “green“ product. They recycle mostly cotton off-cuts from clothing manufacturers and also linen, flax straw, jute and sisal, beating it by machine with a Hollander beater. (Wouldn’t it be great to be able to recycle used clothing at home into paper?) The handmade papers are made one sheet at a time following the same methods we’d use in our home studios. The sheets have 4 deckled edges and no grain direction. The machine made papers are made with the same pulp but on a fourdrinier paper machine.
MyHandboundBooks has used a white Saint Armand paper embedded with parsley flakes for the cover of this little sketchbook.
MyHandboundBooks has used Saint Armand paper as a liner for this book.
As a book artist, I appreciate the strength and beauty of Saint-Armand papers. Their thicker papers can be used for covers, and they have a lovely selection of thinner papers which would be nice for the pages. Some of their papers are quite textured including the Umbrella paper. My local retailer made a portfolio from Umbrella paper and has been using it for years.
PrairiePeasant has used this paper for a crossed structure binding.
The mill does not sell directly to the public, but they deal with many retailers across Canada and the US. I am not aware if their papers are available in other places around the world--perhaps someone else might comment on this.