This summer, we worked with our long time partner, French Paper Co., a sixth generation, family owned paper mill, to create a limited edition color. Infused with a breezy feeling of summer, our limited edition color, Lagoon, went through a rigorous process to achieve the perfect hue.

We want to share a little insight into the complex world of color paper making that goes into the beautiful colorscope of products we provide for you at Paper Source. Take a peek inside French Paper Co.’s process below:

adding dye to pulp to create paper

The dye is added to the beater, which contains the raw material pulp.


adding water to the paper pulp

Water is added to the beater to get the dye throughout the pulp prior to mixing.


a vat of lagoon colored paper pulp

a close up of lagoon colored paper pulp

Start the beater to mix the dye evenly with the pulp and water.


fully mixed paper pulp

Once fully mixed, the mixture is ready to move to the press and rollers.


The paper moves through the press to fuse together the fibers and provide the desired finish. At this stage, the paper is primarily water.


close up of machines rolling out paper

machines rolling out paper

Once the paper has gone through the rollers, it’s almost complete! The paper will move through the final smoothing and quality checks.


a giant roll of paper

two rolls of paper

Once the desired color is achieved, the roll is broken off to start a fresh roll with the desired color. The rolls leading up to this point are called “break rolls” and are reused as scrap to make other colors!


testing paper for quality

Finally, each run of paper is tested for measurements such as caliper, strength, flammability, color and tear point!



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13 Responses

  1. Laurie McGregor Connor says:

    I think you mean dye not die. Very interesting to see the process. Beautiful color.

  2. Maya says:

    Beautiful color! It is fascinating to learn how it is made. Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  3. Marlene Eldred says:

    I really enjoyed that blog… to see how this was made. thank you for sharing

  4. Tricia says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Maria Romero says:

    Thanks for sharing, loved it… Like they say we learn something new every day…

  6. Carla Huffman says:

    Very interesting. Will have to look for thst paper.

  7. Ellen S says:

    I am interested in how it smells! This is very enlightening. Thanks!

  8. Debbie says:

    I think we all knew that they meant dye…a compliment is not a compliment when it starts with a criticism.

  9. Lisa says:

    Wonderful to see the process of making paper. I appreciate your sharing it with us. I fell in love with the Lagoon color the first time I saw it and thoroughly enjoy using it in crafts and letters. πŸ™‚ Thanks again.

  10. Julia says:

    Loved seeing the behind the scenes of the paper making process – thank you for sharing!

  11. Emma says:

    Loved to see the actual process behind products , share more of this “process” stuff on the blog!

  12. Holly McAlister says:

    SO cool! I love it!

    Hey, what is that tool in the last picture? Is that a die cutter (or could it be with the right attachment?)? I need something exactly like that! Any idea where to find one?


    • Holly McAlister says:

      Oh, I see it’s connected to the other part on the right. Not a die cutter. Boo. What is it exactly, though? Now I’m curious. πŸ™‚