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Seeded Paper Printing Guidelines

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SEEDED PAPER PRINTING GUIDELINES

Our seeded paper is embedded with a blend of annual and perennial wildflower seeds that have been carefully selected because they are smaller in size which makes the seed paper smoother and more suitable for printing.

We recommend using the following methods of printing:

  • Ink-jet
  • Off-set printing press, 1, 2 or 4 color
  • Screen printing
  • Letterpress
  • Calligraphy

But do not use a laser printer as the heat can kill the seeds!

In order to get the best results here are a few handy tips:-

  • If you plan to print on the seed paper yourself at home or at the office, we recommend using a top loading inkjet printer for best results.
  • Use an inkjet printer that has a straight paper path that doesn't bend the paper over itself when feeding through.
  • Because of the varying thickness of this hand-made paper, you may have to help your printer feed the sheets through when it tries to grab a sheet by holding the paper straight. You may have to watch and occasionally help the printer along.
  • Some machines will have a setting for less abrasion, which means thicker paper. This setting will lessen the chance of a head strike, which appears as smudges on the paper.
  • Avoid using heavy ink coverage unless you have a professional printer.
  • If using a heavy ink coverage for backgrounds be sure to print on HQ settings and run a test print.
  • Plantable paper is uncoated so some slight bleeding will occur. Be sure to keep that in mind and avoid printing very small text on dark coloured backgrounds. We recommend at least 8-9 pt.
  • To ensure accurate alignment, we recommend printing 4-colour jobs on a 4-colourpress, rather than doing two passes on a 2-colour press.
  • If printing off-set, do not use Acetic Acid based fountain solution as it will cause the paper to delaminate and pile on the blankets. The automatic double sheet detector should be disabled because of the variances in the caliper of the hand made paper.
  • If printing off-set we recommend turning off IR lamps as heat can affect seed germination. To assist with the drying process, add dryer to the ink.

If you have any other questions regarding printing on seeded paper, please contact us.