Friday, June 25, 2010

Tips, Tricks & Techniques 0x011

I've sampled several brands of paper and I'm still trying more. Here is what I've found and how I use each type of papers. I'll add to the list each time I try something new.

Printer or Copy Paper - It's simple, the most accessible and fits through my laser printer the best. I use it with most of my digital stamps and I can blend the colors a lot quicker too. However, the markers can run on the page if I'm not paying attention or if I linger too long in the same area. My technique is to uncap all the markers and hold them in my other hand so I can grab them quickly. I start with the lightest hue and work in the shadows trying to applying all colors before it can dry. The brighter the paper rating the better and I use a paper pad underneath for the bleed through.

Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 80 lb. Weight Cardstock - So far this is my choice for Copics and it's readily available for order. The velvety smooth surface gives it a distinct feel and I can use any technique for coloring. The Solar White is also available in other weights, such as 65, 110 and 130 lb. weights, although I haven't tried them yet.

Copic Stamping Illustration Paper - I also like using this paper and it takes any of my techniques well, however, it is not a white as the other papers. I use it the same way I use the Neehnah paper which is easier for me to order.

Stampin' Up! Whisper White Cardstock - On this paper, blending is difficult because the markers dry quickly and the colors get muddy fast. There is little time to work with the color and multiple techniques are limited. I lightly lay down the medium and dark colors in light strokes then color the whole area with the lightest hue, using the chisel tip if possible.

Copic Bleedproof Paper Pad - It's very versatile and I can practically use any technique on this paper! It's thin enough it can be used for tracing yet the colors don't run easily. You'll see the colors pull through on the reverse side but it hasn't bled through onto my paper pad. However, it's pricy and it can't be layered on darker decorative papers. My coloring steps vary from project to project depending on what I want my ending result to look like, yet I can work the colors until I'm satisfied.

Gina K. Pure Luxury 120 lb. Heavy Weight Cardstock - It certainly is heavy weight and would be an excellent choice for coloring on an all white card base. However, it's too thick for me and I don't like how much I have to saturate it before the blending becomes seamless. A lighter weight for layering is available but I haven't tried it yet. I have noticed sometimes the paper stops absorbing the marker leaving it to dry uneven and shiny on the surface. For coloring, I can use multiple techniques but in general, I start with the lightest hues first then work and rework darker colors for a good blend, often going back to the lightest color and repeating the process again. It's much more time consuming but the paper holds up no matter how long I work the colors in.

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