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Looking For Fountain Pen Unfriendly Paper

paper ink feathering

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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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Posted 12 May 2019 - 12:23

Watercolor papers soaks up ink very very well. Try to get Hot press(HP) as surface quality, it is much smoother. But they are expensive, but sure acid-free and archival.

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 13:29

try ink-jet paper, it's designed to be very absorbent....

No..it is a feather king, in it absorbs fountain pen ink too fast.............

...........I do like two toned shading inks...which needs 90g paper, preferably laser.


Moleskine is very expensive lousy paper....great for ball points only.


There are lots of different Art Papers talk to someone in an Art Shop..............Art Papers are not good for fountain pens.

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 00:06

Standard sketching paper seems to be what you look for. It's smooth, not very expensive, and soaks ink like hell. I used to use Canson a lot and liked it.

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 13:27

try ink-jet paper, it's designed to be very absorbent....
No..it is a feather king, in it absorbs fountain pen ink too fast.............
...........I do like two toned shading inks...which needs 90g paper, preferably laser.
Moleskine is very expensive lousy paper....great for ball points only.
There are lots of different Art Papers talk to someone in an Art Shop..............Art Papers are not good for fountain pens.

Eh, Energels don't do too bad on them either. But they are really crappy for FPs, definitely.

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