1. Good marker paper is worth every penny
Have you ever painted bricks or plywood? These are thirsty surfaces and they absorb a ton of paint if you don’t seal them first with a coat of primer. Primers prepare the surface for paint.
Good marker papers and cardstocks are primed surfaces for markers. They make coloring easier.
Paper formulated specifically for ink blending does not immediately absorb ink. Instead, it keeps the ink sitting upon the surface of the paper allowing you to layer and blend your inks together.
Office grade coverstock and cardstock is the opposite of marker blending cardstock. Copy papers are highly absorbent by design. No one wants to grab a page fresh out of the printer and smear ink all over their hands. Office paper intentionally soaks up ink very quickly.
Most frustrated colorers do not have a blending problem. They have a paper problem.
There is a lot of bad information on the internet about marker paper, much of it written by crafters who have made due with mediocre grades, never knowing what good paper feels like.
The internet makes it seem as if all you need is a cardstock that won’t bleed through to the surface below. Online experts also place far too much emphasis on finding the cheapest resources. But you pay for inexpensive cardstock in frustration and wasted ink!
Sometimes solving your choppy blending is as simple as switching from the internet’s favorite Hammermill Coverstock to X-Press It Blending Card.
People are stubborn and I’m sure that several of you are on the edge of your seat, ready to argue with me. Many colorers will insist to their dying breath that paper from the office aisle at EverywhereMart works as well or better than artist-grade paper.
But my job as an illustrator and art instructor is to know markers and to know paper. I’m telling you this without any hesitation: You will never color your best on printer paper.
This Cryogen cardstock keeps the ink wet longer, allowing you to blend large areas smoothly. Plus, Cryogen has a subtle sparkle!