Almost all of Nicol Allan's papers are handmade; they are from various parts of the world (Britain, Europe, and Japan) and are natural colored or stained. A few were stained by Allan himself; he probably stained the blacks himself, using sumi inks. According to the artist, they have never had any color change. The paste he uses is based on a recipe from the British Museum; it is made of wheat starch and distilled water, with a traditional preservative: a tiny amount of oil of clove.
Signature: Signed, dated and inscribed (in ink, at bottom center): NA; (in pencil, at bottom of sheet): 1984, #5 112 x 89 mm collage/5