So - what makes a good paper for Copic Markers? You want a paper that won't feather (spreading across the top - it's OK if it bleeds through the back), that won't over saturate too quickly, will blend colours well and the colourless blender will be able to move ink. If it doesn't pass these tests, then you won't get the results you are looking for!
The first thing to do when testing paper is to draw a circle with your multiliner (if you don't own a multiliner, then stamp an image in ink you know is safe such as Memento). Also ensure that you have clean scratch paper under your work - it is perfectly normal for colours to bleed through the back!
Next take a blending pair of colours - today I've chosen R22 and R24 - and use the lightest of your blending pair (in my case R22) to colour in the shape by colouring in circles.
Is your colour starting to move outside the line?? If so, this is not a good paper for you!!! If your colour is staying put, then it's passed the first test! I'm using X-press It Blending Card and I know the colours will not move on this paper (it doesn't count if you accidentally colour outside the lines LOL!!).
Next take the darker of your two colours - in my case R24 - and flick in the colour from one side.
On a good paper the colours will start to blend without any work, like this one! To blend your colours, go back with your lightest colour and lightly blend where the two colours meet, but working in circles and flicking out to the paler side.
Did your colours blend?? Awesome - your paper has now passed the second test!! :) As you can see my two colours have blended beautifully together! :) The third thing you want your paper to do is to have the colours move when you apply your Colourless Blender - by applying the broad chisel nib to the centre of your circle, you colour should move.
If your paper allows the colour to move with the Colourless Blender, then your paper has then passed the third test!!
I have been asked a lot recently if paper type really matters and instead of explaining how you can get hugely different results, I made up these samples (coloured exactly the same) which now live in my sample book......
This is plain old Tablex 200gsm paper that I found at a stationary store......YUK!!!!
Next is some Canon 250gsm (uncoated - not gloss) that was also found at a stationary store.
Now this one was ok with some colours (although in my opinion they don't blend particularly well), but on the Greens, Blue Greens, Greys and Reds they did bleed outside the lines.
Lastly I used X-press It Blending Card and got perfect results with every single colour, not to mention the colours are better and smoother too!! :)
What a huge difference paper can make!!!! :) Hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and see you on Tuesday for the winner of the CopicOz Feathering Challenge --- you still have time to play along and win!!!! :)Pin It