Handmade Papermaking was developed in China around 100 B.C. Up until only the last century, hand-papermaking was a common occupation which has since been replaced by automated machinery.
Dard Hunter and Fabiano Paper Company have made LIght -And-Shade images using nothing but wet cotton pulp. Watermarks are beautiful and much more special than regular paper. I am striving to make near photo quality watermarks in handmade paper and incorporating contemporary pictures as the watermarks in the paper. Watermarks are both a form of security and an artform.
Just as a handwritten letter is more personal then a computer letter, a photo watermark makes whatever is written on this handmade paper extremely special and historically collectible.