I have compared 45 different papers for markers. I have not included papers that are not specified for markers by the company that produce them. It is not uncommon that an art store will market a paper as a marker-paper but if you look at the brands homepage they are not label as a marker paper. But with that said, a lot of other kinds of paper can work very well with markers, for example watercolor paper (even though they will “eat” the ink in the marker a lot faster than any other paper). I also tried some Japanese sumi-e paper with good and interesting result. I might write more about that in the future. For now, this is a marker paper review.
The theory and method for the somewhat thicker marker paper (110-120 g/m2)
I started with some small samples to se color saturation and value, bleeding and feathering.
I am a firm believer in working the paper as you normally would, to be able to fully understand the potential the paper has, so I decided to do a drawing on every paper.
I especially wanted to test the blending and layering abilities. With blending I mean that I work wheat in wheat, and with layering I let the ink dry before I put another layer on top.
Before I started my drawing I wrote down the name of the brand on the paper. I then covered the name so I wouldn't se which paper I was working on. I wanted it to be a blind test.
I have earlier tried to do the exact same drawing but found that this only works if you compare two or three of them. When you compare many items (as I have done earlier; I compared 30 markers, and now I compare a lot of papers) the chances are huge that the first couples of drawings are a less good than the following (because you are learning) and the last ones are pretty bad because it get so monotonous that it is very difficult to do a good job. At least that is true for me. I therefore chose to draw every drawing different but in the same manner and use the same subject (in this case, one girl stood model for all drawings). I also chose to use the same colors for the face and hair on every drawing.
Koh-I-Noor Pop Sketch 110 gsm
On the front side of this paper you find the text: paper for crayons (as well as water colours), pencils, marking pens. I don´t think they intended this paper for alcohol markers. I read the text too quickly and since I have done all the testing and sketching I might as well include this paper, but keep that in mind!
The back and front of this paper seems to be the same, you can draw on either side.
The paper has a very dull surface and is blue-green rather then white. The paper has a cheap feel to it. The surface resists the marker some. It doesn't goes on smoothly. It also eats ink, but it is surprisingly easily to blend on, but that is the only good thing I have to say about this paper. The ink bleeds out quite a lot on this paper, and there will be a lot of feathering. It is very difficult to control the ink on this paper.
Some colors lose the saturation that they can have on other papers, but most colors looked quite good on this paper.
The ink can bleed on to the next page. The downside of bleeding is however easy to overcome by putting a paper you don't value underneath.
Conclusion: this is a poor paper for markers, but since it was not intended for markers it actually does a better job than some of the other papers I have reviewed!
|Color samples on Koh-I-Noor paper|