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Looking For Fountain Pen Unfriendly Paper

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#1 Shockbeton


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Posted 27 February 2019 - 22:00

Hi, I love drawing on newsprint paper which feathers and soaks up ink in glorious globs whenever I stop moving the pen for an instant. But of course newsprint is not archival and turns yellow. Is there an acid free newsprint-like paper? I've looked but have not found such a thing. Any help appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 22:23

Maybe Japanese rice paper from an art store, or try ink-jet paper, it's designed to be very absorbant.

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 03:54

Newspaper is basically paper with high content of recycled pulp. You can find cheap recycled paper in most dollar stores. 

Have you tried construction paper in school supplies and/or craft stores?

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Posted 04 March 2019 - 13:51

Rives BFK comes to mind. t will be significantly thicker than newsprint, though. Youll find it in the printmaking papers section of most larger art stores or campus art supply shops.

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 18:12

Look for Acid Free - and Recycled paper. That should get you what you need.

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 18:59

Newspaper style, acid free...? Moleskine says it's acid free...

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Posted 16 March 2019 - 02:22

Rives BFK single weight may work. You want a soft paper, maybe try a sheet of Titziano - not as soft as newsprint but i remember fighting with it mote than with a laid paper.
I have some Crains laid in 22 x 32(?) that might work. - but a bought it at a sale and dont know its soecifics.
*Try handmade paper from India - there is one available widely with a soft surface but thicker than newsprint. The name escapes me. Koffi paper may work although it is stiff. Hemp paper may work.
*I could not find the name but it comes in packs of 20-25 sheets approx 8 x 10 or 9 x 12. It has a deckle edge and comes in white and tones.
Good luck. Interesting project. Stay away from newsprint, it is horrid stuff.

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 14:33

You could try blotting paper. I bought a sheet of it recently from Jackson's drawing supplies and was suprised it just seems like a really soft and absorbent paper. Coming from there I bet it's acid free. I have other cheap watercolour paper that bleeds like crazy, but the colours go a bit dull from it.

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 15:28

Try Muji if you have one nearby, some of their pads are very absorbent. I had an A3 and it was a lot like newspaper paper, they also stock proper sketch books. Also some of their notebooks are very fp unfriendly, that tends to be trial and error.


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Posted 18 April 2019 - 06:27

I don't know if it's acid-free, but you could try the Daiso Rakugaki A5 Sketch Pad

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