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Nashville, Tennessee 37211

Crowing Hens Bindery is a one-woman bindery and letterpress print shop that specializes in traditional handmade blank books, letterpress printed stationery, limited edition fine art prints, unique book jewelry & letterpress-printed decorative papers. As the owner of a Nashville-based private business, I do my best to honor the heritage of fine craft and art that saturates my community and region. All of my products are designed and made by hand in Nashville, Tennessee from high quality materials available using traditional bookbinding techniques. I aspire to create beautiful, useful work that becomes a part of your everyday life.

Marsala Matrix - Hand-Painted Pastepaper

Decorative Papers

What makes Crowing Hens Bindery unique is that I also produce decorative papers. I use these papers on my own books and offer them to fellow bookbinders and artists to use as well. Whether hand marbled, painted, or letterpress printed I design my papers to meet the standards of durability and longevity. My inks and paints are colorfast and my papers are archival. Perfect for bookbinding, gift wrapping, collage, drawing, printing, or even framing, my papers will not only stand out, but also withstand the test of time.

Marsala Matrix - Hand-Painted Pastepaper


Marsala Matrix - Hand-Painted Pastepaper

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Pastepapers are some of the oldest decorative covering material for books besides leathers and cloth. Each sheet is hand-painted using an acrylic and wheat paste paint mixture on Mohawk Superfine 70# text weight natural. Each sheet is grain short and measures 18.5" x 25".

While similar patterns can be achieved, each sheet will be unique.

Sheets are graded into firsts and seconds. Due to the painting process, there may be some paint on the backs of the sheets. First quality sheets have little to no imperfections. Second quality sheets may contain some variations in color, patterning & paint density or have small tears on 20% or less of the sheet.

Shipping cost includes a sturdy cardboard mailing tube, insurance, and tracking. For orders placed outside of the US and Canada, please contact me prior to placing an order.

Orders that include items other than paper will need to be divided into multiple packages and may require additional postage.

For wholesale inquiries contact me here.

*If the sheet is to be glued up for bookbinding, collage, or other applications, I recommend lightly spritzing the painted side of the sheet with water and allowing it to relax prior to gluing up to minimize curl.

*All papers are Copyright 2019 MARY LOUISE SULLIVAN and cannot be reproduced except under License. Reproduction and usage rights are NOT transferred with sale. Please contact us to discuss Licensing options if you are interested in using one of our designs.

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