[Scriptoris] A question of paper

lizdenpeters@juno.com lizdenpeters at juno.com
Tue Sep 6 16:57:47 PDT 2005

Also, be sure to test the ink(s) you hope to use on the paper.  Some
brands/types will bleed and some will not -- it varies from different
inks to different papers.  A little pre-testing will save you a world of
grief.   Also, if you have some issues with bleeding inks, try some
workable fixative to eliminate/minimize the problem.  Fixatives have been
used in drafting and the arts for many years to stabilize paper for
charcoal, pastels and inks.  Be sure that you purchase a "workable"
fixative as this means that you can continue to work on the surface after
using the product to stabilize the surface.  Permanent fixative seals the
surface like a varnish and you cannot add anything to the work after
using it.  

I have used Bristol for scrolls but while it takes the paint well, the
application for inks can be problematic.  That is why I typically use
workable fixative on any original scrolls I do on Bristol.  

Good luck and let me know how it turns out!  Will you post your work to a
site on the web where we can drool over it?


Liz or Lady Fionnghuala the Fair or "Nuala" or my evil twin, Cedric
"It seems the less a statesman amounts to, the more he loves the flag."
                      ~~~~~Kin Hubbard~~~~~~

On Tue, 6 Sep 2005 09:04:19 -0700 (PDT) Hillary Greenslade
<hillaryrg at yahoo.com> writes:
> --- Meggan Cividanes <harperaria at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > Greetings!
> >  
> > I have been working on designing some original scrolls as prizes 
> for this year's Mooneschadowe
> > Guardian. I, and my compatriot working on the calligraphy, are at 
> a loss how ever as to what is
> > the appropriate paper to copy this designs out onto, and where it 
> can be purchased. Any
> > suggestions would be very helpful as we are running short of time 
> and need to get the scrolls
> > printed/copied and painted! Thank you.
> >  
> > With Joy in Service,
> > Lady Lillias MacGuffin 
> > 
> > 
> My personal favorite is 'Fabriano Artistico' (140lb, hot press), but 
> you will have to get it from
> a art supply store - not at Hobby Lobby or Michaels.  Hobby Lobby or 
> Michaels, check out Arches,
> as Oriana mentioned, or Strathmore.  I prefer a 140lb weight, but 
> will take a 90lb weight. Make
> sure the paper states it's for 'use with ink', which will indicate 
> it's not specifically for
> watercolor (often a more textured paper).  Also, if you can find 
> that it says 'hot press' that
> will give a smoother surface that's good for calligraphy, cold press 
> is too textured - ink may
> blead with it.  At Hobby Lobby or Michaels, these papers will likely 
> come in a pad, you can
> possibly get a larger poster size sheet, but they tend to get mixed 
> up in the bins, so check the
> watermarks.  
> Cheers, Hillary
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