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Welcome to Colophon Book Arts Supply, your home for bookbinding, marbling, and related tools and supplies located in Bloomington, Indiana.

The new website has an online catalog and shopping cart for convenient quick ordering. Shipping is automatically calculated based on your location and the total package size and weight. Updates to the shop will happen daily so keep checking back for new or familiar items.

A note about large or international orders

Large orders: Because the website calculates shipping through a formula, large orders can sometimes get grossly overestimated shipping costs. To avoid unnecessary efforts, email large orders for a class or institution and I can make sure the shipping is charged accurately.

International orders: To solve the issue of shipping and international payment, email me your order along with your shipping address and an invoice will be emailed with accurate charges. (Paypal is available for this scenario!)

As always, contact us with any questions!


Upcoming Events:


Paper and Book Intensive

May 13-24, 2018. Saugatuk, Michigan

Can't wait to head up to PBI for two weeks of great people and endless inspiration! For those of you who don't know:

Paper and Book Inten­sive is an annual work­ing sab­bat­i­cal in the book arts, paper­mak­ing, and con­ser­va­tion for sea­soned prac­ti­tion­ers and moti­vated begin­ners. For more than thirty years, par­tic­i­pants have gath­ered together from around the world for two weeks of daily work­shops to pro­mote unusual lev­els of exchange, knowl­edge and inspi­ra­tion.

Workshop Opportunities:


In the Field: a Natural Fiber Papermaking Workshop
with Andrea Peterson

June 18-22, 2018. LaPorte, Indiana

Natural fiber papermaking is the process of taking a plant/raw fiber and transforming it into pulp to be made into beautiful handmade sheets. This course is designed to experience and understand all aspects of natural fiber papermaking. We will be examining sources of materials, which plants to choose, why and complete identification. We will be looking at the ideas of growing, wildcrafting, and other collection methods, as well as storage of dry fiber. We will be using multi cooking solutions based on the fiber’s need and sustainable techniques. We will examine beating methods for sheet function and aesthetics in the final sheets. We will discuss and utilize a variety of additives such as sizing, pigment and calcium carbonate. Sheet forming will be executed western style with a few different mould types. We will investigate drying possibilities and equipment for paper to achieve particular results.
Wholistically the class will look at the flow of the studio, equipment pros and cons, sustainable possibilities and ergonomic choices within the work area.