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practice paper and final paper - any suggestions?
on: January 3, 2014, 17:32
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Hi everyone!

I've used a variety of paper for calligraphy. I found Bienfang Calligraphy Parchment to snag.

I use tracing paper, and when I go to use a light box, Bristol paper is a bit dense so I have a hard time tracing.

I've heard that some calligraphers use marker paper to practice. Does anyone have any other suggestions for practice paper and paper to use for final products?

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated as I feel that I've hit a wall.

Thanks 🙂

Sara



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on: January 4, 2014, 01:14
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I have a Strathmore sketchbook (It has a black cover and says it's good for ink.) that works fine for practice, and isn't as thick as bristol board. I've tried out a lot of higher quality inkjet papers (I had one that worked perfectly, but the line has been discontinued.) and wasn't impressed with any of them. It sure would have been nice to be able to buy a whole ream of standard-sized, unbound paper to work with.

I've heard the Rhodia notebooks are good too, I think. I haven't tried them.

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on: January 4, 2014, 05:12
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Thank you!



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on: January 4, 2014, 20:43
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No problem! If you find something you like, let us know. 🙂

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on: January 7, 2014, 05:53
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I love the Rhodia pads for practice (I use the dot pad, it gives a good idea for keeping things level, but isn't as obnoxious as a grid pattern).

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on: January 7, 2014, 06:54
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I like also the Rhodia pads – the normal ones are nice for practice, as you can put a guide sheet underneath, and I like the lined Rhodia R pads for letters and Spencerian practice. The paper is a bit heavier (90 g / m2), cream coloured and very smooth. The dottet one looks nice too – I am going to try this too! Rhodia is quite expensive though. So I am also using some surprisingly good no name school drawing pads from a local supplier for practice.

I love the Fabriano Cotton paper / board for final products! I tried the fine one, I think the hot pressed is smoother – but I like a bit of paper resistance:

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on: January 8, 2015, 04:33
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Hi, I'm also still experimenting with different papers.

Rhodia - is great (but pricey for practice paper)
Canson Maker - i love this to practice but also pricey (if you have a michaels, i wait until they have 50% off coupons or 60% off sales)
Strathmore Mixed Media - i like for final inking, it also holds watercolor well
HP Premium Choice LaserJet Paper - this is okay for practicing and sketching, but ink has been feathering for me. a lot of other people i've heard haven't had that problem
*assuming you're in America - if you have a tjmaxx or marshalls near by, I found their notebooks are actually great practice notebooks. they are ruled, but they hold the ink really well. and decently priced!

I still want to try Muji notebooks, they seem inexpensive and hold the ink well, but we don't have any here. So I have to order online or wait for my brother to come back from the Philippines. haha.

Good luck with the hunt!



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on: June 25, 2015, 10:52
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Rhodia pads are good. No. 18, grid.

I like to find old onion skin paper, that was used for carbon copies years ago. The best I have found is Southworth Four Star onion skin 409C 9 Lb. cockle finish.

And tracing paper is great, depending on what nib you are using.

Practice, practice, practice.



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on: August 20, 2015, 17:51
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I inherited an old box of that 80s printer paper: perforated in long sheets with those holes on the side. I've found that it makes a pretty good practice paper, because if I can control the ink flow for that and keep it from bleeding, then I'll do well with the good stuff that I use for final. I have some nice World Bond stationery that I salvaged, and some laid-style that works better on one side than the other.

I was going to make a note about this: there's Strathmore and Southworth, and I think Strathmore is good and Southworth is the stuff that bleeds every time I use it. I had some Wausau fancy office paper too and that was also disappointing: not sized to hold liquid ink from a pen.

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