The distinguishing features of a good printmaking paper are its ability to withstand soaking and to absorb a lot of ink, often with multiple runs through a press, without disintegrating or deforming. Fine printmaking papers are made from archival fibers, which in the European printmaking tradition is usually 100% cotton. Japanese paper for printmaking can be made from bamboo, kozo (mulberry bark), gampi, hemp, or other fibers, which are usually combined with varying degrees of alpha-cellulose (wood pulp) for stability or to create different finishes. Some printmaking papers have also become favorites for drawing or mixed media techniques.
Blick offers a wide variety of printmaking papers for screen printing, block printing (also called relief printing), lithography, monotype printing, intaglio, and etching, plus stencil papers and acetate (and acetate alternative) films.