Cave Paper

Cave papers is a small mill in Minneapolis, Minnesota. All of their flax is cooked in a 3% solution of Calcium hydroxide. The water is filtered through activated carbon to remove chloring, dissolved minerals and particulate matter. Their beater is equipped with a washer wheel which rinses the fiber throughout the beating cycle.  Since they loft dry the paper, some shrinkage does occur. Sizing is done with a 2/5% solution of gelatin. Due to the nature of the process variation from sheet to sheet does occur. No two sheets are alike however they evoke the same spirit.

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Layered Indigo Night

Gelatin sized; dark Brown to black layered paper.   Each one-of-a-kind papers is made with Belgian flax.  The finished sheets are dipped into an indigo vat and then walnut dye is applied, producing striations or "land forms".  The sheets are then sized.

PH-CAVE01S 18" x 24" $17.50

OMalley Crackle

Gelatin sized; tan color with dark brown veins. Gelatin size is applied as a resist to Belgian flax.  The paper is then submerged in walnut dye.  This process is very much like batik on cloth.

PH-CAVE02S 18" x 24" $17.50

Walnut

Gelatin sized; dark brown color. The Belgian flax paper is coated with several layers of walnut dye.  The build-up of walnut produces a leather-like tone.

PH-CAVE03S 18" x 24" $17.50

Walnut Dyed Red

Gelatin sized; dark red/brown color. Red iron oxide pigment has been added to Belgian flax before sheet-forming.  the paper is coated with several layers of walnut dyed.

PH-CAVE04S 18" x 24" $17.50

Indigo

Gelatin sized; indigo blue color. The Belgian flax paper is dipped several times in an indigo dye vat.  The dying process gives each sheet an individual character.

PH-CAVE05S 18" x 24" $17.50

Layered Indigo Day

Gelatin sized; uneven indigo blue color on natural. Each one-of-a-kind paper is made with a clean grade of natural Belgian flax.  The sheets are repeatedly and irregularly dipped into an indigo vat to create striations and landscape forms.  Due to the nature of our process there is variation from sheet to sheet.

PH-CAVE06S 18" x 24" $17.50

Designer Black

Gelatin sized; black color. This rich black is achieved with a combination of walnut and indigo dye applied to Belgian flax paper.

PH-CAVE07S 18" x 24" $17.50

Granite

Unsized; greenish/grey color, pigmented Belgian Flax . This was a special order that they liked so much they decided to include it in their inventory. 

PH-CAVE08S 18" x 24" $17.50

Natural

Unsized; natural light tan color. This is the Belgian flax paper prior to dyeing.

PH-CAVE10S 18" x 24" $17.50
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