Exploring new worlds ——–>

I’m  often commissioned to write about  obscure topics, ones that I would never-ever research on my own.

Since my curiosity is boundless and the Internet is at my fingertips, I’m always entering new worlds.

(This reminds me  that until we built, I knew no building  terms in Hebrew, for example)

My latest project is antique botanical prints,  slated for a well-known online/print collectibles magazine.

And suddenly, I’m exploring

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Hand-laid paper:press to enlarge

hand-laid paper:  featuring  ribbed texture imparted by its manufacturing process

Laid paper was hand-made with the size of the sheets limited by the  size of the wooden mold.  It features  patterns   impressed into the paper by  wire mesh. This  pattern of  wires, closely spaced lines with a mesh of  crossing lines at wider intervals,   is called chain lines.   Paper makers  sometimes  attached wire designs,  like  crests, dates or initials, to the mesh. This creates a matching design in the paper, called a “watermark,”  which  is often  used to help determine the date or manufacturer of the paper in question.

wove-paper  is mechanically-made paper, in which  the pulp is formed  on a woven belt.  Wove paper was invented in the eighteenth century.

foxing:  age-related spots and browning seen on vintage paper documents

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Foxing: press to enlarge

toning: softened or altered coloring

other possibilities: speckling, soiling, bleeding, staining…

–and what is verge: ???

Future areas  include Armenians,  fine wines, Chinese export silver, and more…..

Stay tuned.