The Paper Project – Experiment XI

It seems that there are an increasing number of alcohol marker choices on the market which gives us crafters a great selection when coloring.  This makes me wondered if all alcohol markers are created equal, however, that question will have to be answered another time and another experiment!  But another question to ask, which is easier for me to answer, is how to the papers handle a different type of marker?

Experiment XI – Marvy Le Plume Alcohol Markers

The purpose of this experiment was to use the same paper swatches that I tested the Copic markers on, except this time, use the Marvy Le Plume Alcohol Markers.  I wasn’t concerned with the differences in the markers, so my focus was on how well the different paper could handle intense blending techniques.  My secondary purpose was to determine which papers I would recommend for this brand of marker, which means most samples were colored three or four times for maximum blending testing.

For this test I used the hat accessory stamp in Taylor from Little Miss Muffet Stamps.
These are the main Le Plume colors used: 
P782, P785, P786, P797, PV78 and AG877. 
The papers are identified in the Introduction and here are the results:
(Click on the picture for a zoomed look.)

And the results?  It was interesting to discover there were a few papers I would have recommended for Copic markers but they didn’t stand up to the Marvy Le Plume markers very well.  For example, papers  GI,  P and Q scored high on the other tests but with this test showed bleeding; and T also did well on previous tests but on this one the colors wouldn’t blend.  Below is a close up of those swatches along with J, one that did well:

As you’ve probably already guessed from the example above, J is one of the papers I would recommend.  I was looking for a paper that I could build up many layers of colors and blend easily from one color to the next, going from a dark gray to a light pink, using six different markers.  It was also important that the paper would accept a lot of ink without bleeding.

Based on this test alone, I would recommend HJ, L, M, and U as being the best papers to color on with the Marvy Le Plume markers.  As secondary choices, if you had them on hand or if they were readily available, would be OV and Z.  (Z is the unlabeled paper swatch, Bazzil Basics Ultra Smooth.)

The Paper Project – Experiment X

It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these tests but in reality I’ve had two of them finished for quite some time now.  Even though I finished the other one first, I was more excited to show off this one.  So without further adieu here is the next experiment.

Experiment X – Paper Comparisons

The purpose of this experiment was to basically color the same way on several different types of papers.  I wanted to show that great results can be achieved on any paper however the difficulties you might have would be different on each of the papers.  This is similar to Experiment IV but with different papers.

For this test I used images from The Greeting Farm and they colored using the same colors and as close to the same techniques as possible.

The papers are identified in the Introduction and here are the results:
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I used the same technique for the most part on each of the papers but there might be a few adjustments here and there depending on how the paper worked.

Here are the three papers used along with their assigned letter:

The papers I thought were the easiest to work with were J, U and X, and thus received my recommendation based on this test.  Then the close runner-ups would be G and M and I could consider these to be good backups.  However, the papers I didn’t prefer to work with are B, N and V which were difficult to get smooth blending and/or blotches would appear after a couple layers of ink.

The Paper Project – Experiment IX

I have another paper project experiment and even though there are a few samples missing, I thought I would posted what I had and update it later if I got the chance.  So without further adieu, here’s experiment number nine!  

Experiment IX – UV Rays

The purpose of this experiment is to see what happens to the paper and Copic markers once they are exposed to UV Rays (aka “the sun”) after long periods of time.

To setup this experiment, I placed each sample square down and used a purple, black and red Copic marker to draw three horizontal lines.  I then scanned this as the starting point so I could visualize the change after it was finished.  Then for a week, I set out the paper in the morning and took it in by night.  Ah, yes, it did rain one and I forgot to bring it in another night so the sprinkler got it, but perhaps it added to the test.  LOL  Anyway, it was a good week of full sun light and the results were interesting. 

The papers are identified in the Introduction and here are the results:
(Click on the picture for a zoomed look.)

As you can see there are differences but let me go into the details of what I noticed.  First on the right side is the original and then on the left is pasted the end results.   What I had expected was that the black would fade the most and found it most interesting that it was the purple that was the most effected.  Also, I was expecting that all papers would fade to some degree, however, they all seemed to behave about the same.  The papers became a little more dry and brittle but basically kept their qualities.

Unfortunately, this test was completed without samples of U, V and X so it is missing from this test.

The biggest change was in the colors and I’ve categorized them into two groups – “ok” and “not so ok”.  The not so ok group includes B, C, D, E, F, G, J, L, M, N, P, Q, R and S.

For what it’s worth, the papers that I would recommend, if you’re so included to put something outside, would be AH, I, K, O, T and W.

The Paper Project – Experiment VIII

I have another post for The Paper Project!  It was an idea I got from iCopic where they had done a similar test and so I wanted to duplicate it with the papers I had on hand for my own tests. 

Experiment VIII – Transparency

The purpose of this experiment is to show how transparent the ink is on the paper and if the transparency lightens when more ink is applied.  To do this, I made four bars on the paper each with a different number of strokes that were applied; the more strokes the darker the ink would show until the paper’s saturation level was reached.  The paper was allowed to dry in between each stroke for the greatest effect.

Here’s the breakdown of “The E.”  The top bar is only one stroke, the middle bar has two strokes and the bottom bar has three strokes.  By this time, almost all the papers were completely saturated and were not getting any darker, so I made one final bar vertically on the side using four strokes so it would be easier to compare the other three. 

The papers are identified in the Introduction and here are the results:
(Click on the picture for a zoomed look.)

Unfortunately, I have run out of samples of U so it is missing from this test.

There doesn’t seem to be much different in all those “E” letters but knowing if your color will change transparency the more you apply helps with your coloring.  For example, if you want just a hint more of a shadow, a second application of the same color will darken the gradation a little to give you the shadow.  Another example is if you want to touch up an area you will know if you can work in that little spot or if you have to go over the entire area with the color to keep the blending smooth.

Most of the papers became darker after each stroke, however, with my (untrained) eye, I would say that A, C and D stopped having the most effect after the second stroke.  Then ENR, W and X stopped changing after the third stroke.  Which leaves the remaining subject which changed gradation after the fourth stroke.

It’s hard to say which paper is best based off this test, however, I would think that the more stroked the paper could handle then the more ink the paper could hold; and a higher capacity for ink in the paper is usually more helpful when blending several colors.  Therefore, based on this test alone I would recommend B, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, O, P, Q, S and T to be my selection of papers.

This project was sponsored by The Greeting Farm who has generously donated a Creepin Kit!  Check out what I made with the packaging by clicking HERE and stay tuned for more samples using this awesome stamp set.  Thank you Jessica and Maria – *HUGS*

The Paper Project – Experiment VII

Welcome back to The Paper Project! I don’t know why this test took so long for me to think of but I’m so glad I did! And on that note, if you have a suggestion for a test just drop me a line. ;D

Experiment VII – Paper Purities

The purpose of this experiment is to find out if any of the papers have hidden dyes that might or might not effect the markers. To do this, I applied two drops of Various Ink Blender 0 to the paper to get it really saturated and hoped it would push out and reveal inks in the paper. So let’s get to it and see what I found!

The papers are identified in the Introduction and here are the results:
(Click on the picture for a zoomed look.)

Can you see it? I tried scanning this and nothing showed up so this picture is actually one step better. 😀 The results? I did find ink! I actually knew I would beforehand because of the paper I use on a regular basis has problems blending to white.

Papers A, K, L, R and V all had ink in the papers and resulted in a purple-ish ring. L shows up the lightest but is darker than what is actually pictured. (Please note: I have updated and tested with X but didn’t retake the picture.)

Based on this test alone I would recommend B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, M, N, O, P, Q, S, T, U, W and X to be the better papers.

The Paper Project – Experiment VI

This is a test that builds upon the finished results from the last experiment. The results on this one are much more exciting and I love it when there is a clear divide between the good, the bad and the ugly. ;D The image used is Muffy Ketto from Stamping Bella.

Experiment VI – Blending Added Depth

The purpose of this experiment is three fold: first to see if the dried ink can be reactivated for more blending; second to see how additional blending works from a dark gray to a light red; and third to see which papers can hold even more ink! The same red colors were used from last time (R22, R24, R27, and R29) and the grays added are N4, N6, N8. The colored working surface from the previous test was allowed to air dry for two days. The darkest gray (N8) was applied first then the subsequent lighter grays followed by all the reds working my way from the darkest to the lightest and blending as I go.

The papers are identified in the Introduction and here are the results:
(Click on the picture for a zoomed look.)

If you take a another look at the last experiment and compare it with this one you’ll notice right away how much darker the dog’s body is. This is the result from adding in the gray tones which is a nice effect.

Those that did bad in the previous test did really bad here! They were B, C, D, E, and N where the paper just couldn’t hold any more ink or didn’t reactivate the ink for more blending. Here is a close up of B and N where it shows how the ink sits on top of the first layer and just gets moved around which I would describe as blotchy.

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There were a few papers that started to show impurities in the paper fibers (inconsistencies) or possibly areas that had absorbed finger oils. This would show up as little patches or dots that wouldn’t change color. Somehow those little areas are different from the rest of the paper and may or may not show up on another test. These were found on F, H, J, K, L, P and U. Below you can see a close up of F, which shows one of these large patches near the left side of the nose; and P where the impurities in the paper show up as speckled dots throughout the sample.

(Click on the picture for a zoomed look.)

All the other samples reactivated the ink easily and allowed for more blending without any problems. In my opinion, and direct experience with this test, that leaves A, G, I, M, O, Q, R, S, T, V, W and X to be some of the better papers to work with.

The Paper Project – Experiment V

Ready for another paper test? This one has a focus on blending and some colors are easier to blend than others. Red is usually one of the harder colors to blend for some because it requires more ink and so I wanted to put it to the test. The image I used is Muffy Ketto from Stamping Bella, because, frankly, the world could use more red dogs. ;D

Experiment V – Blending Red

The purpose of this experiment is to blend with red to find out which papers can achieve a perfect gradation from the darkest to the lightest color. I used R22, R24, R27, and R29 and blended the main part of the dog while timing how long each sample took. I started with the darkest color and worked towards the lightest, then worked my way back down to the darkest and finally up again to the lightest; approximately three layers of blending. The head and ears were quickly colored in after the clock stopped.

The papers are identified in the Introduction and here are the results:
(Click on the picture for a zoomed look.)

The purpose of so much blending is two fold; first to use a lot of ink in one area like most of us do and second to get the most vibrant results in the hues. When applying the darkest color first a lot of that will be blended out as lighter colors are applied; then when applying the darker colors again sometimes the blending is removed so applying a third lighter coat of the lighter colors helps to smooth it all out.

For the most part, I was able to get smooth blending on all the sample with few exceptions. I had timed myself coloring in the main body of the dog hoping it would indicate how difficult it was to blend. However, it just shows that I was getting faster as I progressed and doesn’t appear to reflect anything else. Below shows a closeup of A, J and Q with the typical smooth blending I achieved.

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The exceptions were B, C, D, E, and N, where perfect blending was difficult, if not impossible. I had to stop on D and E after coloring only one layer because it already started to pool on the paper. The other three, B, C, and N, started pooling after the second layer and blending became difficult as well. Below shows a close up of a few of these in close up.

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Looking at C, you can see it getting blotchy and in the dark shadows there are spots where the ink no longer stayed put. The next one, D, you can see the darker reds have built up and started to become tacky which shows up as splotches. On the last sample, N, you can see how all the ink stayed on the surface of the paper so the brush strokes are noticeable as the ink was just moved around.

After air drying for a day, C, D, E and N are the most tacky; and B, G, L and R are slightly tacky only in the darkest shadows.

Based on this test only I would recommend A, F, G, H, I, J, K, M, O, P, Q, S, T, U, V, W and X as being the good papers to color on.