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book design

Domestic Etching used for Book Design

I love Legion Domestic etching. I love its creamy colour. I love the weight and stiffness. I love that it takes a wide variety of printing techniques — including digital pigment and even laser — beautifully. I have been using it for artist’s books for more than ten years.

-Cathryn Miller, Byopia Press

Cathryn most recently used Legion Domestic Etching for her artist's book Over The Hills

Miller used Hedi Kyle’s panel book as the structure. The book is designed to be double-sided, so she needed a paper that would take folds well, be stiff enough to stand upright without additional support, and have no ‘show through’. 

Miller said Legion Domestic Etching was the perfect choice. The book was laser printed*, a surface that is prone to cracking on many papers. An extreme close-up of a fold shows minimal cracking, certainly not enough to detract from the overall appearance of the work. 

I am pleased with Over The Hills, and with Legion Domestic Etching, the paper that made it possible! 

*I have no idea how ‘archival’ laser printing is. I do know that when cooking recycled paper to make pulp for hand paper making, laser printed letters float to the surface of the boiling water, still perfectly formed. The surface can be damaged by scratching or other abrasion, but that is true of most print media.


Cathryn Miller has worked in the book arts more than 20 years, and as a book artist for the last fourteen. Her works have won awards, and are held in more than fifty public and private collections in Canada, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. You can see more of her work at