The business at Pitt Mill is dedicated to maintaining the English tradition of making the finest handmade watercolour paper for artists.
All the papers are produced to archival standards using pure Exmoor water from the mill’s own well and speciality fibres. These are principally cotton and linen flax but other materials such as hemp, esparto, seeds, flower petals and recycled rag are used to impart special characteristics.
These fibres are beaten in water for up to four hours to develop the strength of the fibre and internally sized using ph neutral ‘Aquapel’.
For coloured paper, lightfast and permanent pigments are added at this stage.
The sheets are formed individually by craftsmen using traditional English hand moulds and deckles giving each sheet characteristic ragged edges and a strength that is a hallmark of European handmade paper.
Each sheet is laid onto cloth felts unique to the mill and pressed four times to impart the gorgeous knot texture for which the mill is noted.
Surface sizing with gelatin and slow airdrying high in the rafters of the mill loft complete the process.
Where handmade means well-made.”