Gold leaf blocking on leather and parchment had been practiced in Europe since the early 16th century. From 1698 onwards this technique was applied to paper. What became known as brocaded paper was produced in a relief printing process — a design cut in relief using a number of different metalworking tools from a sheet of copper or brass at least 6mm thick. The repertoire of shapes used to decorate brocaded paper, among them ribbons, tendrils, arabesques and floral blossoms, closely echo the patterns adorning the leather wall coverings and silk damask of the time. Towards the end of the 18th and in the 19th century the predominant motifs were leaves with figurative patterns, laid out like a picture sheet. This journal's cover portrays a beautiful example of this sumptuous variety of coloured paper housed in Augsburg, Nuremberg and Fürth in Germany.This cover recreates gold leaf blocking on leather and parchment, an early 16th century practice known as brocaded paper, a relief printing process using copper and metalworking tools to design ribbons, tendrils, arabesques and floral blossoms. A memento pouch keeps items tucked away, while a satin ribbon marker easily finds one's page. Complete with a magnetic wrap closure to keep pages secure.
- 144 lined pages
- Acid-free, archive quality, sustainable pulp paper
- Magnetic wrap closure
- Interior accordion memento pouch
- Satin ribbon marker
- Measures 7” x 9”
- Designed in Canada, imported