ALPS and FANCY PRINTS are completely hand printed from hand-cut lino blocks often using traditionally made studio made inks.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ALPs & FANCY PRINTS?
Fancy Prints are made with multiple colourisation processes and are larger than their more simple than ALPs. The papers used vary from vintage handmade watercolour papers through to good quality contemporary papers from Europe.
Antiqued Lining Papers (ALPS) tend to be printed in one or two colours at most and are often smaller than Fancy Prints.
ALPs are normally printed on what we call "Printers Waste"; scrap pages from incomplete or damaged antique books. We like these because the original text on the pages adds another layer of interest. Most importantly the paper is all pure linen rag and handmade.
The patterns for both types are taken from or inspired by period patterns found in endpapers or covers of books from days gone by.
Both types of print have their origins in bookbinding but today they are often framed and hung on a wall.
They can be used in bookbinding and box making (endpapers or cover papers), interior design (wallpaper, covering furniture, lampshades), stationery (card making, invitations, lining envelopes etc)