Newbie goes paper shopping - where to begin?

I live about 400 miles from the nearest Kelly Paper and I’ll have an on-the-run chance to shop at one next week. I’m picturing a big inventory and little time to shop. I’m not the decisive kind of person you would prefer to take to an ice-cream shop! I believe Kelly stocks French Paper so that would probably be my first target. I will be printing mostly with wood on an 8x12 C&P and a 6x10 Kelsey. I have a cutter but don’t want to wrestle with parent sheets yet. I’d like to experiment with cards and broadsides mostly. Anyone have suggestions for stocking the paper pantry? Best papers for wood type? Chipboard weight? Ideas warmly welcome; thanks.

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you can on line, mail order
French paper right from the mill

am quite fond of their Speckletone
and Construction papers

comes in 8 1/2 X 11,
12 1/2 X 19
25 X 19
and 20 X 40


yours truly

Hello ThistlePaperPress,

Maybe what you should do when you go to Kelly Paper is get a sample of all the papers that strike your fancy. Then you can take them home to decide at your leisure, and order what you want online.

Most of the paper companies offer sample books — Legion, Talas, Atlantic, Holyoke, Twinrocker, etc. Check their websites. French sends a huge sample package at no cost, which I find amazing. Atlantic cuts to order, which I also find amazing.


Thank you, Barbara and Lobster Shift. I do have samples from French, Holyoke, Arturo, Reich and a couple of others. I did not know about Atlantic, Barbara, so I’ll look into their services. And I will pick up some samples to print. I get stuck in the world of possibilities so it’s hard to make a decision to order online. I’m hoping that making some hard and fast decisions and carrying paper goods out the door of Kelly’s will help get me going. I’ve no plan to sell my printing so how - and on what - do I practice printing multiples? Perhaps this is just my own quirky problem but I picture locking up, making a couple of prints - and then what? I have a cartoon-like image in mind of my studio being slowly filled with heaps of printed materials. I guess I can slow the rate of accumulation by keeping to one-offs.