Hints on Choosing Paper

Thanks to the rapid improvement of inkjet printers, it is now possible to create work that can incorporate the unique qualities of the paper it is printed on…expressions that were not possible with photographic printing paper have now become possible. It is important to select materials that are right for each individual work and there are now many ways to enjoy the inkjet printing experience. We are proponents of creative experimentation and recommend that you try many different media before deciding on the best one to express your unique visual message. Let this introduction assist you in choosing the right AIJP (Awagami Inkjet Paper) to best convey your artistic expression.

Printing Washi for the First Time

If this is your first time printing with washi, the Kozo series is a good place to start. ‘Kozo’ (mulberry) is one of the main ingredients used in making Japanese paper, and the quality and aesthetic of the material is the most “washi-like” of all the materials. There is a wide variation of thicknesses, colors, and sizes available, so these papers may be used for a wide array of creative applications. The handmade deckle-edged ' Shiramine postcard series also convey a lovely and traditional Japanese washi aesthetic.

Kozo (Thin) White

Kozo (Thin) White

A1/A2/A3/A4/Roll

Kozo (Thin) Natural

Kozo (Thin) Natural

A1/A2/A3/A4/Roll

Kozo (Thick) White

Kozo (Thick) White

A1/A2/A3/A3+/A4/Roll

Kozo (Thick) Natural

Kozo (Thick) Natural

A1/A2/A3/A4/Roll

Shiramine Handmade Postcard - White

Shiramine Handmade Postcard - White

Postcard

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Double-Sided Printing

Inbe paper paper can be printed on both sides and is therefore ideal for printing books or cards.

Inbe (Thick) White

Inbe (Thick) White

A1/A2/A3/A4/Roll

Inbe (Extra Thick) White

Inbe (Extra Thick) White

A1/A2/A3/A4/

 

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Keeping Costs Down

Since it’s possible to print on both sides of Inbe papers, they are a comparatively reasonable option for those on a budget. AIJP Inbe papers are easy-to-use and are suitable for a wide range of printing types, making them an extremely reliable “workhorse” inkjet paper.

Inbe (Thin) White

Inbe (Thin) White

A1/A2/A3/A4/Roll

Inbe (Thick) White

Inbe (Thick) White

A1/A2/A3/A4/Roll

Inbe (Extra Thick) White

Inbe (Extra Thick) White

A1/A2/A3/A4/

 

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Using Paper in an Exhibition

Naturally the thickness and nature of your materials will vary depending on the intended effect; however, we highly recommend the Premio series for framed works. Because of its double layering, ‘Premio’ papers are thick enough so that they do not require any additional backing. Premio papers will add a strong presence to your printed photos presented in a portfolio and are also excellent for card-making or other original printed products for sale.
The Bizan eries is handmade one sheet at a time by our master craftsman and has 4 naturally organic deckled edges. Bizan is very thick when compared to other digital papers, so it is a popular choice for professional artists who like to display their works unframed.

Premio Unryu

Premio Unryu

A0/A1/A2/A3+/A4
A5/Postcard

Premio Inbe

Premio Inbe

A0/A1/A2/A3+/A4
A5/Postcard

Premio Kozo White

Premio Kozo White

A0/A1/A2/A3+/A4
A5/Postcard

Bizan (Medium Thick) White

Bizan (Medium Thick) White

A1/A2/A3/

Bizan (Thick) White

Bizan (Thick) White

A1/A2/A3/

Bizan (Medium Thick) Pure White

Bizan (Medium Thick) Pure White

A1/A2/A3/

Bizan (Thick) Pure White

Bizan (Thick) Pure White

A1/A2/A3/

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Lighting the Paper From Behind

Unryu paper contains long kozo(mulberry) fibers which become visible when lit from behind. The kozo fibers have a synergistic effect, making a unique contribution to works of art printed on it.
Kozo Double Layered can be easily peeled apart after printing leaving a very thin final sheet. The printing surface is 100% kozo so although thin, it is quite strong and retains excellent transparency.
The Kozo (Thin) paper has a lovely and subtle quality which allows light to softly pass through.

Unryu (Thin) White

Unryu (Thin) White

A4/Roll

Kozo Double Layer

Kozo Double Layer

Roll

Kozo (Thin) White

Kozo (Thin) White

A1/A2/A3/A3/A4/Roll

Kozo (Thin) Natural

Kozo (Thin) Natural

A1/A2/A3/A3/A4/Roll

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Making a Scroll

Kozo (Thin) s a good choice for a simple scroll; however, to make an authentic scroll, we recommend using as thin a paper as possible and then mount the printed sheets onto the scroll. Therefore, Kozo Double Layer is an ideal choice since the sheet can be peeled apart after printing resulting in a very thin printed page.

*We recommend contacting your scroll mounting vendor before beginning your work.

Kozo Double Layer

Kozo Double Layer

Roll

Kozo (Thin) White

Kozo (Thin) White

A1/A2/A3/A3/A4/Roll

Kozo (Thin) Natural

Kozo (Thin) Natural

A1/A2/A3/A3/A4/Roll

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Accurate Data Reproduction

All AIJP papers have similar levels of reproduction quality, however, Inbe (White))has a very high level of brightness which will result in superb and highly accurate reproduction quality. The ‘Premio Series’ uses 2 sheets of AIJP papers laminated together which create a double-thick bright paper which yields beautiful reproduction results.

Inbe (Thin) White

A1/A2/A3/A4/Roll

Inbe (Thick) White

Inbe (Thick) White

A1/A2/A3/A4/Roll

Inbe (Extra Thick) White

Inbe (Extra Thick) White

A1/A2/A3/A4/

Premio Inbe

Premio Inbe

A0/A1/A2/A3+/A4
A5/Postcard

Premio Kozo White

Premio Kozo White

A0/A1/A2/A3+/A4
A5/Postcard

Premio Unryu

Premio Unryu

A0/A1/A2/A3+/A4
A5/Postcard

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Printing in Black and White

The simplicity of black and white photography means the quality and texture of the paper is of critical importance. For such images, we recommend trying our highly-prized Kozo (Natural) or Mitsumata papers, which feature a warm natural tone. Black ink will appear deeper on these subtle ecru-colored sheets helping to highlight the emotional atmosphere of your black and white photographs.

Kozo (Thin) Natural

Kozo (Thin) Natural

A1/A2/A3/A3/A4/Roll

Kozo (Thick) Natural

Kozo (Thick) Natural

A1/A2/A3/A4/Roll

Mitsumata

Mitsumata

A3+/A4/Roll

Premio Inbe White

Premio Inbe White

A0/A1/A2/A3+/A4
A5/Postcard

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Making Artwork into a Fusuma or Byobu Panel

Any paper in the series can be used to make a panel; however, there are ideal thicknesses depending on the way the panel is made. It’s best to consult with a professional panel mounting vendor before getting started.

  Color Weight Thickness Size
Mitsumata   95g/m2 -- A3+/A4/Roll
Kozo (Thin) White 70g/m2 230 ±15µm A1/A2/A3/A4/Roll
Kozo (Thin) Natural 70g/m2 230 ±15µm A1/A2/A3/A4/Roll
Kozo (Thick) White 110g/m2 230 ±15µm A1/A2/A3/A3+/A4/Roll
Kozo (Thick) Natural 110g/m2 230 ±15µm A1/A2/A3/A4/Roll
Kozo Double Layered   90g/m2 180 ±15µm Roll
Inbe (Thin) White 70g/m2 150 ±15µm A1/A2/A3/A4/Roll
Inbe (Thick) White 125g/m2 230 ±15µm A1/A2/A3/A4/Roll
Inbe (Extra Thick) White 160g/m2 280 ±15µm A1/A2/A3/A4
Bizan (Medium Thick) White 200g/m2 480 ±50µm A1/A2/A3
Bizan (Medium Thick) Pure White 200g/m2 480 ±50µm A1/A2/A3
Bizan (Thick) White 300g/m2 680 ±50µm A1/A2/A3
Bizan (Thick) Pure White 300g/m2 680 ±50µm A1/A2/A3
Premio Kozo White 180g/m2 380 ±30µm A1/A2/A3+/A4/A5/Postcard
Premio Inbe White 180g/m2 380 ±30µm A1/A2/A3+/A4/A5/Postcard
Premio Unryu White 165g/m2 380 ±30µm A1/A2/A3+/A4/A5/Postcard
Bamboo 170 White 170g/m2   A1/A2/A3+/A4/Roll
Bamboo 250 White 250g/m2   A1/A2/A3+/A4

 

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How to Mount an Artwork on a Wooden Panel

Work can easily be mounted on a wooden panel.
For works printed using dye-based inks, use the beginner 'DRY' method. For works printed with pigment ink, use the intermediate method, which involves wetting and stretching the paper.