Books about paper and ink?
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This has been preying on my mind for far too long.
I am VERY curious to know if there are any books that discuss the properties of inks, and how they affect various types of paper. And it's a large hole in my Books about Books collection.
I watched a show on the History Channel about how ink is made, but for the most part, they followed the process of a single mass-manufacturer. I've honestly been thinking about making my own, but want to be sure it's acid-free and waterproof.
Any inklings? (no pun intended, unless you thouht that was outrageously funny).
Noting the topic as well as the thread, I have to ask whether you are interested in printing inks or writing inks.
Other than the explanation I've given above, one reason is: I want to design and print my own bookplates; maybe as an added service to the book repairs I do, but primarily just for me. So, I want to use waterproof inks that are acid-free, and won't transfer to another paper over time, or under heat and pressure.
I'm also looking for quality paper that, ideally, would have an adhesive back that is also acid free (both the paper and the adhesive).
But mostly, I've always been really curious about these obscure details of LOTS of different things. It's part of what makes me enjoy the other work I do.
Your query put me in mind of Linda Medley and her recently released hardcover of Castle Waiting. She sells from home color plates, a "Liberry" card set and other items to "dress up" the book. The plates are archival and self adhesive, so there is a source for the materials.
I just checked out her website, http://www.studiolio.com/, to refresh my memory and was surprised to see her talking about using quill pens and ink she made herself on a cover illustration. Perhaps her website can direct your search in fruitful directions.
I seriously doubt this is what you're looking for, but I've always loved this quote from Christopher Morley's The Haunted Bookshop:
"Printer's ink has been running a race against gunpowder these many, many years. Ink is handicapped, in a way, because you can blow up a man with gunpowder in half a second, while it may take twenty years to blow him up with a book. But the gunpowder destroys itself along with its victim, while a book can keep on exploding for centuries."
Message 3: WholeHouseLibrary -- Take a look at this site:
They have distressed inks. Or:
See their pigment and dye inks.
I'm trying to decide if I want to get a personalized rubber stamp for a bookplate or just get printed ones.
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