Papers I highly recommend...

Borden & Riley “Paris” paper for pen and ink

Strathmore Plate surface bristol

Strathmore Bristol  300 series (smooth, not vellum)

Canson Bristol


Also, recently I’ve discovered some of the Mixed Media pads by these same companies can work very well too.

and, My favorite writing papers, hands down are

Crane & Co.  Stationery for the President of the United States.  Ok, for me too! - Chris

                                                                                                                                                         (below from the Crane & Co. website)

Give Us Liberty

More than 200 years ago, Stephen Crane decided to make a statement. And it wasn’t with his fashion forward breeches or well-groomed mutton chops. It was, rather, with the name of a paper mill he opened in 1770. He called it the Liberty Paper Mill and, for purveyors of our American heritage, was named so just two years after the British occupied Boston – and just five miles away.

Always the extrovert, Stephen, along with friends, family and customers, were Revolution tastemakers, expressing their fiery patriotism whenever the opportunity presented itself (a little event called the Boston Tea Party, if you will).

From patriotic newspapers to Colonial Currency, Stephen’s 100 percent cotton paper was material of choice for all the Boston activist elite, including one Paul Revere, whose engraved banknotes on Crane paper helped finance the Revolution. He would also pasture his horses at the Liberty Paper Mill – just in case he needed to make a midnight ride (wink, wink).

Welcome to Dalton


Luckily, paper was in the Crane blood (but you knew that), and in 1799 Stephen’s son Zenas found a lovely location for a new mill along the banks of the Housatonic River in Dalton, Massachusetts. Even then, the mill was known for producing paper of the finest quality, and, without the help of a Twitter feed, became the go-to paper for banks, government proclamations, and stocks and bonds.


Maybe it’s our charm and confidence, or perhaps it’s our impeccable style, but Washington D.C. has always had a fondness for Crane & Co. U.S. currency? Crane & Co. paper. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s national affairs? We’re blushing.

Crane & Co., Je t’aime

In the mid-1800s, carrier pigeons everywhere wept, as the envelope and postage stamp became Europe’s fashionable way to correspond. The luxurious new delivery method led to the beginning a passionate across-the-pond love affair with Crane & Co.’s social stationery papers.

And speaking of Europe, we offer this delightful tidbit: the Queen Mum announced the celebration of her 100th birthday on Crane & Co. paper.

In Conclusion…

Centuries later, Crane & Co. still calls Dalton home, our 100 percent cotton paper still incites swoons, and we’re still making bold statements. Still not with breeches.


Original Crown Mill

Original Crown Mill has a long history. The distinctive, crisp, laid finish of the cards, sheets and envelopes, replicates the “original” 15th century handmade sheets made by Belgian monks for Emperor Maximilian.

Two centuries later, Charles II declared this mill to be the Belgian Royal Manufacturer, as it remains, today.

Today’s products are made with the same pride and exceptional craftsmanship of the “original”.

                                                                                                             (photo courtesy of Goulet Pen Company)