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Old 09-20-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
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Default Paper for colored pencils

Hi, I wanted to know if colored pencils require any special paper/ specific brand/ specific weight/etc. Also, does different brands of colored pencils require different types of paper. What about paper for gamsol technique? At this point I am using colored pencils to color stamped images and I do want the botanical images to look like works of art. Thanks.
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Hi, and welcome to Splitcoast!

I like to use a paper with a little texture or "tooth" when I color with wax- or oil-based pencils... to me that's more important than weight or brand, and I use the same paper for pencil-only coloring as well as for solvent blending. Neenah cardstock has just enough tooth to make it a nice multi-purpose cardstock.

What pencils are you using? Just curious. Hope you'll share some of your works of art in the gallery!
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Default Paper for colored pencils.

I have a set of Prismacolor colored pencils. I am also evaluating Caron d'Ache Supracolor and Inktense pencils. I would love to use both dry and wet types.
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I have a set of Prismacolor colored pencils. I am also evaluating Caron d'Ache Supracolor and Inktense pencils. I would love to use both dry and wet types.
Wet types? You mean watercolor pencils?

You'll want to use watercolor paper with those. Regular cardstock is more likely to "pill" and rip/tear once you put water over them.

I just use regular old Georgia Pacific cardstock for pencils and gamsol, though. (I actually use baby oil, but same technique.)
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The Caran d'Ache pencils are spendy, but they're nice! I have a few from the Pablo line.

Inktense can be used dry or wet - they're so versatile and fun to work with. Emily's right - if you're working wet, you'll appreciate a heavier watercolor paper. Neenah cardstock can take a little bit of water but not tons, and most other cardstocks don't hold up to brushing.
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Dina , Thanks for suggesting Neenah cardstock. I picked one today from my local scrapbook store. I tried the layering technique with Prismacolor pencils and they blended well on the cardstock. Emily , I am yet to try the Georgia pacific. Yeah, by wet types I did mean watercolor pencils and as both of you said Neenah cardstock did "pill" up. I looked at some of the watercolor papers at Michaels. Some of them are so thick, I feel it will make the final greeting card thick. So, what is the minimum weight of paper do u recommend for watercolor pencils? Will a 90lb/185gsm coldpress work? Do they warp; if so how to prevent it? I thank you for all your suggestions. My day is turning out to be exciting.
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Yep, minimum of 90 lb. If you have some warping, you can always iron the paper after it's all dry.
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I've colored on everything with Prismacolors. Regular large index cards to a rough watercolor paper. I like the paper really smooth, make it easier to blend for me.
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