We're back home again for a few days. I've unwrapped the supplies I got in Paris and have begun playing with them. At Sennelier I purchased some white Japanese tissue called Tengujo, purported to be the thinnest paper made. Despite that, it's very strong. I use it for my chine collé. First I paint it and allow it to dry, then I put glue on it and allow that to dry. When I place the painted and glued tissue on top of my etching plate the wet etching paper activates the glue. When run through the press the Tengujo adheres to the etching paper. The etching lines are printed on top. It's all done in one pass through the press. I also purchased some more ink colors that I use for painting on the Tengujo. It is a German brand from Rohrer & Klingner called Zeichentusche with remarkable qualities. It is entirely archival and permanent. After inking, the paper can be soaked in water and the ink will not run. I know of no other brand like it. This is why I go to Sennelier; these products are not easy to find. This time I also bought a new refillable felt tip pen which I like very much. It's called creapen by J.Herbin.
At Charbonnel I get my copper plates and etching inks.
My third favorite art shop in Paris lies just between the other two, behind the Place St. Michel. We didn't visit it this time. Relma sells book making supplies. Inside the shop is an entire room with floor to ceiling shelves stocked with a boggling collection of handmade Italian marbleized paper. I will be using this one in the photograph for the book I am in the process of creating.
Shopping in Paris is a delicious pleasure.