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Introducing Arnhem 1618

Speedball is proud to introduce a premium 100% rag printmaking paper. We partnered with Schut Papier, a paper mill located near the city of Arnhem, Holland that has been producing fine art paper since 1618. The paper is extremely versatile — it is appropriate for a variety of techniques and media.

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“I'd love to have it here right now. I shared it with people in my shop, and they have been asking about it. I'd also promote to my international print exchange network.”

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Arnhem 1618 paper offers a semi-smooth surface with a substantial feel to the touch. The subtle grain combined with a smooth appearance allows a variety of media to take to the paper, while remaining a reliable surface for intricate detail. Arnhem’s strong and highly absorbent fibers make it ideal for dry or damp printing, allowing it to accept multiple layers of ink brilliantly. Click here for size and color offerings

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“The way it absorbs ink was really important to me. Akua inks dried faster on this paper than others I've used. Also, the substantial weight of the paper-that made it seem like a higher quality paper. It has a "presence" to it that other papers don't.”

Susan Rostow uses AKUA inks and Arnhem 1618 to show off the paper’s strengths.

Applications and Techniques

We teamed up with an array of artists to test Arnhem 1618 paper. From graphic relief and silkscreen images to delicate and rich intaglio prints, these artists achieved wonderful results using this paper covering a wide range of approaches and techniques. The below pieces were all printed on Arnhem 1618.

Arnhem 1618 is appropriate for all printmaking media – from our own water-based inks to traditional oil-based inks, the paper’s strong and absorbent fibers accept multiple layers of ink brilliantly.

It can be printed dry or damp. Note: Soaking or dampening time will vary and may not be necessary, depending on the process, technique, or preference of the artist.

“Sturdy and holds up to being wet.”

New Impressions

New Impressions

New Impressions is a competition for college students across the country to compete for prizes for themselves and their school.

  • Prizes awarded to individual winners and their school in 7 printmaking categories!
  • Winning prints will be exhibited at the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts and at the Southern Graphics Conference in 2018.
  • Juried by a panel of influential printmakers.
Competition Details 2016 Winners

“It picks up the ink well due to it's semi-smooth surface. I like how I can layer a lot of inks on the paper.”

Where to Buy

Please click the button below for a list of stores by state as well as online retailers. Arnhem 1618 is brand new and is just hitting stores, so check back often. Better yet, tell your favorite store about Arnhem 1618.

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