Learn how to choose the right paper to work with markers such as Touch and ProMarkers.
Alcohol-based professional grade markers can be used with different types of paper, depending on how the drawing will be used.
Marker paper is usually very thin and slightly transparent: it doesn’t absorb, allowing the ink to dry at the surface. Drawing paper and cardboard are thicker and more opaque: they absorb, so the ink dries in the paper.
Thin, transparent paper is ideal for digitizing drawings and illustrations. The paper’s transparent quality makes it possible to trace a sketch drawn on another sheet, while keeping the original intact. Trace the black contour lines only after colouring in the shapes to avoid having the black blend into the colours.
Cardstock is ideal for incorporating an original drawing into a collage or other creative project, since it is more resilient than thin paper. Cardstock absorbs ink, but not as much as some types of paper that allow the ink to spread, making it impossible to produce an accurate drawing. Cardstock nevertheless allows for more subtle gradations than thin, transparent paper.
Regardless of the type of paper used, it is strongly recommended that you remove your drawing sheet from the paper pad and place it over a piece of scrap paper. Marker ink can penetrate even the finest quality paper and stain the entire pad.