Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Paper Project - Experiment I

Welcome to the first experiment of The Paper Project! After punching and labeling over 650 small squares I wanted to work on an easy test - one that require no coloring! Hope you enjoy...

Experiment I - Ink Drop
One droplet of Copic Various Ink Refill G29 Pine Tree Green was dropped at a distance of approximately 1.5 inches high then allowed to dry. I wanted to discover how each drop was absorbed into the paper. (You can click on the image to enlarge it.) The ink was then given 4 hours to dry before I tested for smudging. Each sample was rubbed with a dry finger to see if any of the ink would smear.

Each of the samples was assigned a random letter and the master list can be found on the Introduction page. Even though all of the samples are considered white, you can see that they vary in color including some reds and blues.

I noticed that A has the smallest diameter; it appeared the droplet exceeded its saturation level and the remaining ink pooled and dried on the top.

B, C, N and U have irregular circumferences; it appears the droplet spread across the surface before seeping into the paper.

D, E and (to a smaller degree) S are lighter in color; somehow the depth of the color is lost. In addition, these count for three out of four of the shimmering papers.

As far as I can tell, the edges on A, G, J, L, M and O indicate the droplet was absorbed and spread through the middle layer of the paper first.

On most of the samples, the ink shows through to the back side of the paper. However G, H, I, K, and L all seeped through onto the next sheet of paper and that N didn't show up on the back side at all.

After letting the sample dry for several days I tested for smudges by rubbing my finger over the dried ink drop and found that A, B, C, I, L and M had smeared.

This was a difficult call because the results varied so much, but based on this test alone I would recommend the following papers to be desirable: D, E, F, G, H, J, K, O, P, Q, R, S, T, V, W and X.


  1. Interesting and different and this could be helpful. It would be nice to know in the results what paper is what letter. Perhaps with each experiment assign new letters so you can post this with the results?

  2. Thanks for all the time you put into this. I really enjoyed the lesson.

  3. I wonder if since N did not seem to absorb all the way through, if it would then need more ink to blend then the average paper?

  4. Good question! I have found that it does slightly need a little more ink than some other papers. However, there is a blocking layer within the paper fibers that will prevent the ink from ever absorbing all the way to the other side. Because it hits the that layer half way through the paper then it wouldn't need a whole lot more for blending purposes because of it.


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