All our plantable and seeded paper can be printed. We also make paper that does not contain seeds and this, too, can be printed.

We recommend that we supply you with the finished, printed items. We will print using the best and most appropriate method according to the seeds in your chosen paper and the quantity you need etc. All our printing is done with vegetable based or water based inks.

Inkjet printing gives good print results and is the best method for herb and vegetable seeded paper.

Toner-based digital printing can work well on our seeded papers (and Fuji Xerox printed it for some exclusive executive invitations). However, the paper surface has slight indentations and the toner may not adequately get to the bottom of these indentations, being especially obvious on solid areas of image.

Some of our seeded paper can be printed offset because the seeds are very small and contained within the thickness of the sheet of paper. However, herb and vegetable seeded paper is not suitable for offset printing as the seeds would get crushed during printing.

Letterpress gives great results with the stylish debossed look and feel. There are always plenty of seeds in the paper so many are not in the image area (and so do not get damaged).

Offset Printing

There have been a number of offset printers who have successfully printed on our paper. However, there have, equally, been many who either do not want to put it through their presses or have not managed to get satisfactory results. This is why we recommend that we supply you with the finished, printed items… it makes it much easier and less stressful for all concerned!

However, if you have an offset printer that you would like to use for your seeded paper job, we can supply blank paper. Please note that we cannot take responsibility for print problems or unsatisfactory results.

If you are an offset printer, here is some information that might be of use.

  • Sheet size    we make the paper 650mm x 480mm – but this includes a deckle edge (because it’s handmade) and so will need approx 5mm trimmed off each edge (10mm off each dimension). Gives a working size of 640 x 470. Also available as SRA3 and A4
  • Grain        no real grain direction
  • Weight    being handmade, it’s bulkier than machine made paper. Our normal weight paper is approx 180gsm. There will often be slight variations between sheets.
  • Lead time   whilst we do hold fairly high stock levels, we are not like a large paper merchant that can guarantee next day delivery. For large orders, we may have to make paper specially so lead time very much depends on production schedule at time order is placed (unless we can supply ex-stock)

And a few more tips…

  • there may be some surface picking as the paper is not as robust as machine made paper
  • might also be more hickeys due to seeds etc
  • print work and back, not work and turn (the ‘mesh’ side is more robust than the other)
  • print so that artwork side with most ink ends up on the more robust side of paper
  • use a course screen to allow for dot gain
  • avoid small reverse type
  • avoid critical artwork close to edge as there might be pulling under the guillotine
  • allow for extra long wash-up
  • result will look more like a newsprint image than a glossy magazine!
  • more ink absorption means longer before it’s dry enough to guillotine.
  • make-ready on normal stock