Monday, April 11, 2011

The Paper Project - Experiment II

We've made it to the second experiment in The Paper Project! For this test I used the little fairy stamp from The Greeting Farm in a set called Neverland.

Experiment II - Basic Coloring
The purpose of this experiment is to simply color the image with minimal blending to see how quick layer of color would apply. (A blending test will be done later on.) Each image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink then left to air dry for several days.

I used the same colors and applied one color at a time - meaning, I colored all the fairies' wings with B21 then went back and added V12 to each wing before moving onto the next color. I used the same brush strokes for each image as much as possible.

Here are the Copic Marker colors I used:
-wings: B21, V12
-hair: Y21, Y26
-face: E000, E11, R12
-dress: R43, R46, R59

The papers are identified in the Introduction and here are the results:
(Click on the picture for a zoomed look.)

From the start I could see there was a difference when I stamped each image. In general, the black was the same, however, it is bolder on C, J, M, and X; and yet the lightest on D and E.

Also the intensity of the colors varied and some papers made the hues darker or lighter. For example, the colors on D, E, N and U are washed out yet they show up the darkest on B, I, K, S, W, and X.

There wasn't any obvious problems with any of them but based on this experiment I would say A, B, C, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, O, P, Q, R, S, T, V, W, and X are the better papers to work with.


  1. This has interesting results. I wonder if this could be expanded on. I wonder if you could used these results to determine which paper was best if trying for subtle colours, or if bolder?

  2. Yes, actually you can. ;D Depending on your style and needs the paper you use could change to better match those needs. That's why the Magnolia test was important to show that any paper could ultimately be used even if it doesn't pass all the vigorous testing. But for those looking for a do-it-all paper with Copics then the more recommendations a paper gets the better it is. At least, that's my opinion. :D


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