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Somerset Velvet Black is Back!

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The long awaited return of Somerset Velvet Black printmaking paper has finally happened. After a 5 year absence, St Cuthberts Mill have reformulated its famous Somerset Black and re-introduced it to the market.

Somerset Black still has a deep warm shade of black, with an even darker core, and its surface retains the beautiful mid-textured finish of the other ‘velvet’ finished in the Somerset range. The internal structure of the sheet exhibits even darker fibers, which gives some dramatic results when laser etched.

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Somerset Black is an archival sheet made with 100% cotton, being both acid free and fade resistant. It has an alkaline pH, and reaches 6+ on the Blue Wool Scale for fade resistance.

Much work has gone into reformulating the Somerset paper, using new black pigments, to give a sheet worthy to have the Somerset name.

Somerset Black is now available in a 280gsm in 30” x 44” bearing the Somerset watermarks and 4 deckle edges, plus a 22” x 30” sheet with the Somerset watermark and 3 deckle edges.

Somerset Black is suitable for Block/Relief Printing, Embossing, Intaglio/Etching, Hand Lithography, Letterpress, Silkscreen/Serigraphy, Laser Cutting/Etching, and Pastel.