This is my first blog post on printing papers, I plan to do one type of printing paper per post maybe every week. Please leave comments below if you want to know more about the papers or if you have any questions regarding printing/papers and I will try to help.

Apart from reading books one of my other hobbies is printing photographs and experimenting with different types of papers, as it can give a photograph a chance of being a physical item rather that just a picture on a screen. The type of paper can also have massive effect on the final result, for example some papers don’t print black and white well, where as the same type of paper may bring out the colour and detail of that photograph. The main thing to watch out for is when looking at photographic paper is the weight of paper, usually the higher the weight of paper the better quality it is. Another tip to remember is, your printer will have a maximum printing paper weight, if the paper is higher than this it will not through the feed. I have had personnel experience with this and it can get frustrating. I also use genuine ink cartridges as they make a difference to the colour and will last longer.

The newest batch of paper I have brought is the Hahnemuhle Glossy Fine Art A4 Sample Pack which contains the following  FineArt Pearl 285gsm,Photo Rag Satin 310gsm,Photo Rag Baryta 315gsm,Photo Rag Pearl 320gsm,FineArt Baryta 325gsm, Baryta FR 350gsm, Goya Cancas 340gsm. I got this pack because I was wanted to see difference between the satin and pearl papers and how they compared to glossy papers. Whilst browsing I couldn’t seem to find any high end paper for gloss it seemed that Satin and Pearl where in the trend at the time. I’m not a huge fan of glossy papers as I find the surface to reflective. I also wanted to update my printing paper catalogue as sometimes manufactures discontinue papers and bring in new ones.

(Photograph One Below)

The photograph above and below was printed onto Fine Art Photo Rag Pearl 320gsm, the paper itself feels very thick (same thickness as heavy card) but it has a texture to it. I wasn’t to keen on photograph one it at first and decided to print another picture,when photograph two came out of the printer I just fell in love with the detail, sharpness and colour brightness of the print. Definitely be buying this paper in a stand alone pack in the future, I love bright bold colours in my photography and I think this paper will bring out the best in the colours.

(Photograph Two Below)




Life Behind the Cards

Shop Update:

These  three cards have been sold and been dispatched within the Uk, it amazes me with etsy that even though it is an american site most of my sales have been within the UK and local to Manchester (uk), which makes me even happier to think my cards are nearby.  I Had 4 and 5 star customer rating, so happy to receive this feedback.

Been doing lots of maintenance stuff with the etsy shop lately, such as improving the product descriptions, titles and keywords. Seems to have taken a long time doing this, but it’s been worth it as I’ve had sales (So I must doing something right)

The new cards that are currently being listed in the shop, have been printed, made and photographed in my new and improved office. I have been experimenting with different “studio” set ups around the house, the best place to take the card photographs I have found is in the office, I am luckily enough to have a massive window that pours in natural light onto the desk.

That’s all for the shop update.


The photograph below shows how I have been photographing my cards in natural daylight

Shaman’s Crossing

So far I love this book, in some ways I wished i’d read this after fitz’s story arc rather than reading the Liveship trilogy, as it’s a simple and light read. Whilst reading Shaman’s Crossing you get know and follow the life of Nevare who is a second born solider’s son and goes to train at the King’s Cavalla Academy. The characters are friendly and you get to know them well as the story progresses, cannot wait to see what the story has in store for me.

Shaman’s Crossing is book one part of the Solider Son Trilogy, book two is Forest Mage and book three is Renegade’s Magic.

I will do a full review once I had the full trilogy. After reading this I am aiming to finish the Rain Wild Chronicles.




Blog Post Rethink Poll & Feedback


I would apprentice if you could fill out the poll, as I will use the information  provided for feedback. Please read the blog post Blog Post Rethink for more information on this topic.


Thank you


Classic Book List

Apart from the all the trilogy’s I want to read this year, I have promised myself to read some of the classics as most of them I have never read. A quick search on Google and I have started to compile this list below of classics I have not included romance novels as I am to keen on this genre. I may add to this list as time goes by:
Sherlock Holmes 
HP Lovecraft
Wuthering Heights
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman – Northern Lights
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Don Quixote Miguel De Cervantes
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
Clarissa Samuel Richardson
Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Nightmare Abbey Thomas Love Peacock
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
Sybil Benjamin Disraeli
David Copperfield Charles Dickens
Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
If you think I have missed any please leave your recommendations below and Ill take a look and maybe add them to the list

Blog Post Rethink

Hi everyone,
I’ve been doing some thinking recently on my book blog and how often I post now that I have finished reviewing the past books I have read. I will only have one post (for the book review) at a time as I can only manage to read one book on the go, as you may have noticed I have started doing a favourite lines post from the finished current book, these are lines that have sparked some emotion whilst reading wether its made me laugh out load or it’s had an impact on me in some way and lastly a a new idea for an first impressions/progress post. So all together their would be 3 posts revolving around books.
Today a miracle has happened, I have managed to get Instagram working on the posts page editor in word press, I have been hitting my head against a brick wall over this for ages and managed to solve it this morning, I use Instagram to post behind the scenes pictures of my small craft business such as photographing the cards, printing sessions and when I’m out and about on walks.  In case I haven’t mention before I run a handmade photo greeting card shop on etsy which is doing really well, I want to create an on-line HQ where I can discuss about the behind the scenes photos in more detail and life behind the shop and keep the book reviews going as well. I just feel like am not posting enough content for the site and I don’t want to lose followers due to lack of content, I am hoping by combine various personnel interests/hobbies to the blog it will grow and also encourage me to post more on social media.
This lovely sunset was spotted whilst on an evening stroll in the park a while ago.
Thanks again for reading the post
The new added content will start to happen from this week, hope you like it.