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When we were away in Italy we enjoyed all the lovely shops that Florence has to offer – but this was my favourite.

hand-printed wood block

It was a lovely cool, neat and beautifully displayed shop of hand-printed wood block and marbled papers with many gorgeous books, files, writing accoutrements and other lovely paper stuffs.

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They are only too happy to perform some marbling for you – in impeccable English too!

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These days they use gelatine instead of Linseed oil to get the paint to float on the water’s surface – health and safety 101.

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I could have watched this magic for hours.

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I did come home with a few of these pieces and a goodie bag of wood-cut prints but knowing me, it will be a few years before I actually dare to use them!

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