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winsor newton pigment marker

Are you curious about Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers? Not sure how they’ll look on certain types of paper? Read this post to discover various results you can get with this awesome range.

These popular markers were released in 2015 and have exceptional lightfastness and fantastic blending properties. Each marker in this series has a lightfastness rating of A—it will take up to 100 years before color change or fading affects the high quality pigments. Artwork produced with pigment-based markers last longer compared to other types of markers. The ink is about as thin as most alcohol-based markers and stays wetter slightly longer, allowing for extra blending time.

The Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker range includes a unique white blender marker for blending colors together. The white blender can also be used to create pastel tints, soften colors, add highlights and draw on dark paper. Pigment-based markers should always be stored horizontally instead of vertically to help them maintain their flow and color brilliancy.

Pigment markers tend to work better on certain types of paper, and work especially well on coated papers. Coated papers reduce bleeding and generally any paper that is coated...

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The Mystery of Paper Marbling

Jun 22, 2016 1:44:00 PM

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What is Paper Marbling?

Paper marbling is an ancient art tradition in many cultures. Marbling is named so because it mimics the natural patterns found in marble and other stones. Marbled paper is created by floating colorful inks on the surface of water, or a viscous water-based solution known as size. Ink is typically applied to the surface using a pipette or other dripping method. The inks are then swirled to create complex patterns that can be transferred to paper or fabric.

The ink can be manipulated by blowing on the water, using a special comb, or running other tools over the surface of the size to create designs. When a sheet of paper is laid upon the surface and quickly lifted, it grabs the floating ink pattern from the solution. Each sheet of marbled paper is a unique monotype—no two pages will ever look the same!

Major Marbling Traditions

Paper marbling has been used for centuries to create decorations, manuscripts and books. Marbling techniques spread throughout the ancient Middle East and into Europe. Sheets of marbled paper were traditionally used by European bookmakers as book-ends—the paper was favored for hiding bumps from leather turn-ins and chords.

Marbling continues ...

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Facts About Tracing Paper

Jun 8, 2016 8:16:00 AM

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What is Tracing Paper?

Tracing paper is a very thin, low opacity paper used to trace and transfer images. This translucent paper was first mass-produced in the mid-19th century. Tracing paper can be made from treated wood pulp or from cotton rag. Tracing paper is a versatile surface; it is translucent and designed to accept most drawing media. It can be used for transfer tracing, fine line drawing, and overlays. Vellum tracing paper is super thin; it is a higher quality translucent paper that is good for engineer plans and technical drawing.

The History of Tracing Paper

Mechanical paper production caused tracing paper to be made more cheaply and efficiently than previous handmade tracing papers. Like most paper in the 1800s, tracing paper was originally made from cotton rag. Today, it is typically made with wood sulfite pulp and it continues to be perfect for all sorts of professional applications. Widely used by map makers, engineers and architects when it was first manufactured, tracing paper is still used by artists, architects and other professionals today.

Tracing Paper in Engineering

Architects and other civil engineers often use tracing paper rolls for blueprints and other planni...

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The Plaza Paper Guide

Aug 13, 2015 1:49:00 PM

When shopping for art supplies, you might find yourself in the paper aisle (like the one at the Plaza Art in Rockville, Maryland, pictured at the end of this article) and think, Why are there so many different types of paper? Isn't it all just...paper?

There are some big differences in paper quality and if you're a beginning watercolorist or printmaker, it might be a little overwhelming to try and figure out which paper is best for which project. Some paper is quite expensive, and with good reason. This guide will give you a little background on the science and history of paper, so next time you need to buy paper, you'll know what all the labels mean:

What’s the deal with expensive paper?

One of the greatest misconceptions about paper is that all paper is made from trees. Paper can be made from almost any fibrous plant material containing cellulose but fine watercolor, printmaking and drawing papers are almost always made from cotton rag. In fact, paper in Europe was made exclusively from vellum, linen or cotton rags until the mid-1800s.

Why use fine papers?

Fine papers are well worth their cost. Cotton rag is better for professional work because it holds up more reliably over time than...

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