Wide-Format Vellum using Pen Inkjet Plotter Paper Supplies
It is understood Inkjet Vellum Plotter Paper used today is spun from Cotton yet there was a time when the name Vellum stood for a couple of things, one; a writing parchment which pig stomach was sun dried, stretched and drafted (with a few word of the time) on. History records this as far back as the Jesuit priests Later it became cow hide.
During the same time line the same stomach of those pigs was treated, soaked and barbequed of the day then eaten. Yes, the name then too was Vellum. Can you imagine people speaking of that era saying things like, “Tonight we have Vellum, YUM what a delicacy”, and that is exactly what it was known as, a Good time food. Vellum became popular as the archival parchment of choice mainly due to the water resistant properties of the animal hide. Vellum always a translucent, almost transparent at times, yet with good strength, untearable gave it another endearing archival quality. It was Hewlet Packard that rolled a “tracing paper”, used in the Designjet series, which inclined the demand for a translucent material and since there was a new process of calling for Vellum from Cotton, the users would line up and again governments were using the material, same name, however, entirely new process and material for cotton was used. Widely used, by many, was the Pen plotter (the predecessor of the Inkjet technology) where a pen was used via a program and computer from point to point vector plots were, and still are somewhat today, formed and used. Koh-i-noor, an Indian origin company, made the commonly used points on the pen plotter whereas by which size the engineer used on the pen, the engineer could determine the spread of ink upon the Vellum, with Inkjet Technology it is the droplets sprayed on the Vellum that become the print or image we use. Herein is still the tricky part today. Since Vellum does not absorb the ink (as most Bond like media does) the ink has to dry before the media is moved. It takes patience to print Vellum and one may wish to choose the fasting drying Vellum on the market today, with that being said, here are a few tricks, or trick that may speed the process.
|Things You’ll Need
- Blank vellum sheets
- Inkjet printer
- Permanent gel pens
Using; Vellum with Inkjet Plotter Paper Printer Choose a relatively thin vellum paper. Thicker sheets move through printers less smoothly. Wide Format Vellum Plotter Paper 17 lb (17#) (17 pounds) is the most common on the thin side and 20lb or 20# (20 pounds) when talking thick side. Read your printer manual and make sure that “Transparency” is included under “Recommended Paper Brands.” Set your printer on “Draft Printing'” or “Economy Printing.”
This will ensure that very little ink will be printed onto the non-absorbent vellum paper. Feed one sheet of vellum paper into the printer and print a small test on it before printing your entire project. Monitor it to make sure the paper moves smoothly. When the printer has finished, remove the sheet, taking care not to touch the printed ink. Leave the ink to dry for about 20 minutes. Speed up the process by blowing hot air onto it from a hairdryer. Keep the hairdryer about half a foot away from the vellum, to prevent the ink from blowing around or causing the ink to feather. After 20 min, If your test print looks right, print the rest of your project. Using Pen Plotter or Gel Pen
Use permanent ink gel pens. Use dark colors if you are using light vellum paper and light colors like white or silver if you are using dark paper.
Test a small area of vellum paper with a gel pen. Leave it to dry for 20 minutes. Put a few droplets of water on the ink once it is dry. If the ink runs, then you are using the wrong kind of ink gel pens.
- Print most of your project using a printer, but if it is too light, go over it by hand, using a permanent ink pen. You can also add fine details by hand.
references: leatherchemists.org kohinoorusa.com wikipedia.org/wiki/Technical_pen sj2014.net/1/category/all/3.html Chris Moore, 30 years Sales Team Leader South East @ Dietzgen Media —————————————————————————-