Best Paper for Colored Pencils


hi everyone this is jennifer stay from coloring pages bliss and I wanted to make a quick video here to talk a little bit about paper and specifically paper for the art I do and I am coloring with colored pencil and i have brought with me a very special guest Steve stay welcome Steve thank you hello everybody now if you are my youtube audience and you may not be familiar with Steve he is my husband and he has been my guest on facebook my life events all the time so I have brought him here because he is very knowledgeable about paper so i’m going to ask him a few questions as we go along and demonstrate why i choose the paper that I choose so my husband recently we went to the paper store here locally to you know source paper make sure we were still using the best paper possible the first problem of course with paper is will it fit in your printer because my website coloringpages bliss.com is primarily a site where you can download my art and print out a beautiful coloring page and then you can color it and then recently I have started a new youtube series where you can see me demonstrating all these beautiful color pencils and putting them through all kinds of tests and i am using the same paper on every single test to keep it all consistent and I’m i’m already getting questions on what paper I’m using so that’s why we’re here today to talk about paper so let’s talk about first of all when they talk about pounds on paper you know you go to the paper store and it says 20-pound, 110 pound 80-pound what is this pound thing they’re talking about well first of all what they’re not talking about is the thickness of the paper you know we talked about wait it’s honestly I think it’s probably easiest to just don’t really pay too much attention to the pounds just because you could have like a 20 pound text and a 20-pound cover or you know most likely a 50-pound text or 50 pound cover and they’re very different weights ok so you’re using two words you’re saying text and you’re saying cover right so explain those two words yeah so so basically if you ever see text that’s more your normal paper your copy paper so for instance you could have a 20-pound text that you buy from the store that your flimsy copy paper so that this paper right here this is like what you would print all your bills on and this is a boring standard paper but probably the least expensive paper you can buy is quite see through yes sometimes we’ll call it bond so for instance copy paper like that is probably 20-pound bond or you may see it as 50-pound text and it’s the same way as far as thickness goes it’s the same that’s why it gets so confusing when you’re talking about trying to look at pounds it’s not really very you know self-explanatory okay so we’re talking about text or bond is the really flimsy paper but when we start getting into cardstock which is typically I know what you like to color on yeah I like cardstock. cardstock the same way the text you know that the copy paper has bonded text cardstock has three categories typically you have bristol you have index and you have cover ok and it just depends on the paper manufacturer and what they call it but typically bristol is a little lighter than like index which is a little lighter than cover it just kind of depends on how heavy that paper get so the better number to look at is called gsm so you said bristol yeah bristol index index you’ve heard of like index card yeah and cover and cover those are all cards stocks ok so cover is not I’m gonna cross it out so text is standard copy paper right bristol index and cover is cardstock right okay I’m with that keep going ok business so we’re not looking at pounds we’re looking at the gsm gsm number ok it’s like round or square meter so on the end of the ream let me show him go to the store on the end of the ream there’s this fancy label that you’re going to see and it’s got all kinds of information and so here’s that pound lb is pound 80-pound and is this the edge sometimes it will be G M Squared it’s grams per meter squared or grams per square meter ok GM 2 or gsm so that’s the same one so this one is 80 pound or 175 g m squared yeah so that’s the real number we’re looking for right and the reason that’s important is because you can match that number up to your printer ok because the printer that you buy or if you already have one you can go look up the specs for that printer it will list usually in gsm what weights it can support without Jamming this is a really important thing to mention because we are talking about printing out coloring pages here you know if you’re going to go to some sort of office store or to your library to print your colouring pages make sure you contact them and ask them what weight of paper they can manage on their printer because you don’t want to go invest in paper and then it not work and that is one issue we ran into and we wanted to buy some of this nice paper and our old printer would not run it we thought it would because it was a nicer printer and we were sure it would work and it didn’t so we had to had to wow we just had to so we did invest in a nicer not even nicer printer but a printer that would work that would feed through the heavier paper so this is really important make sure your printer will handle the gsm of the paper you’re purchasing ok so we have text or standard paper that we’re looking really doesn’t matter the gsm on that because this is going to be wimpier paper but when we get into bristol index cover or cardstock paper then we need to be careful of the gsm or GM squared that’s going to tell us if our printer is going to be happy most of the time you know especially when you get up into the higher gsm papers you’re going to need a printer that has a straight through paper path that doesn’t bring it in and curl it some printers it prints like that and some printers which is the kind we purchased you can open the flap in the back and the paper just shoots straight out the back and therefore it doesn’t try to bend or manipulate this paper, this heavier paper it just goes straight out the back and the feeding wheels and all that don’t get as upset although we still have to sit there and babysit every single page we sent through ok so what I’m showing you guys here is kind of what it would look like if you were to color on a standard paper here you can kind of see this standard copy paper does have a bit of, we’re going to use an art word here, which is tooth. and tooth is the art word for texture and if you were to go in really close with the microscope you actually see that there’s little ridges on the paper and those are the teeth or the texture of the paper and some papers going to have more tooth than other paper and that’s what we’re looking for with colored pencil because color pencil grabs onto that tooth and holds on and that’s what lays it down if you have enough tooth you can lay down layer after layer after layer of your color pencil and get the beautiful effects that we’re all looking for and so to have a perfectly smooth paper for color pencil is not what we’re after we’re looking for just enough tooth to grab onto our pencil so if you look at this nice card stock here you can totally see i’m going to try to hold it really still that this is a much smoother paper you can’t see the white speckles or those the teeth what happens is the pencil goes across the tops of the tooth of the paper and you end up seeing the bottom of the ridges like the valleys of the tooth and so here we’re not seeing the bottom of the ridges so this is a very smooth paper here this cardstock so this is not an ideal paper for colored pencil so i wouldn’t go to my paper man and say give me paper with tooth because he might not know what I’m talking about what’s the words I would use at my paper store usually they refer to smooth or vellum so those this paper would be a smooth ok so we have smooth and then we have vellum so tell me the difference ok so basically when it comes to the texture of the paper you have two categories you have smooth paper and then you’ll have a vellum paper okay smooth is nice and soft and slick like you’re saying, vellum is I what I know you like to color with with colored pencil and that’s because it has tooth vellum is the textured paper that has tooth ok so vellum is going to have a tooth to it, which is what we’re after so now if we move to this next paper this is what we have discovered is the kind of paper i like to color with and when you look at the end of the ream we should be able to understand what the title of this means so we know vellum now he just described means with texture or with the tooth and we know that Bristol from when we talked about the two different weights bristol means it’s a cover or cardstock so they’re actually kind of being redundant here right yeah it’s kind of a slightly lighter card song ok so the trying to be even more district descriptive than right so we have a vellum which is means textured Bristol or cover cards stock type paper and then we can come down here and see the weight of the paper and learn more about this the size and all that in the company so that’s how you would read the end of the reams so this is the kind of paper that we have in the past been using this is the paper I’m using in the color pencil reviews the 80-pound and it barely goes through our printer with the straight shot that we described and when we went to the paper company we discovered that the same springhill digital vellum bristol cover also comes in as 67 pound or as we now know is more important a 147 g/m squared so that’s the more important number there so this one is probably what I will end up purchasing and using more often now for my coloring pages i’m going to stay consistent with 80-pound in my color pencil reviews but as a coloring artist this is what i would recommend to you guys to purchase and we’re going to put a link to this in the description of this video because this is going to work better in most people’s printers and you get the beautiful vellum or tooth texture and its still got some more rigidity to it because it’s still considered a Bristol cover or a cardstock let me show it to you here and compare textures to what we just colored off here and just so you know i’m using a prismacolor premier pencil so we’ve got both the 80-pound vellum here bristol and the 67 pound vellum bristol and they should be i would guess about the same texture we’ll find out here so here is the prismacolor i’m going to try to do the same pressure on both and we’ll see if they look like about the same texture ok and then we’ve got fabric castell polychromos we’ll test it with that one as well so you can see right away with the Bristol that I mean the vellum you get a beautiful tooth and you can layer this up and do all kinds of neat things now it’s looking to me like this 67 pound may have a bit more tooth which is kind of cool to me and then this is an artist loft color pencil here so this is a less expensive brand you can hear already that just by the sound that it’s a less expensive brand ok so that’s three different pencils we’ve tested off on it and we’ll bring it up and show you the difference that the two have so either when you purchase your going to get great tooth this one is more rigid than that one but this one is going to go through your printer better but it and I think this one’s better because it’s got a little bit more tooth so like I said this is the winner and this is the 1 i’ll put the link to on our description here so it’s pretty fantastic and when you start comparing it to the texture we were getting here this was the prismacolor pencils here I believe me just double-check I’ll put another swatch right next to it to make sure we’re being fair you can see we get much better texture coverage and especially when you compare here now if you were coloring with markers and like say your copics or tombos or spectrum noir that you want a smooth texture know you don’t want any kind of vellum because you’ll ruin the tips of your markers you want to go nice and smooth so keep that in mind when you go for texture you’re looking at products like pastels and colored pencils that love to grip onto a toothy paper so keep that in mind there’s still a place and a time for a smooth paper so on another video we’ll talk about smooth paper because i’m researching smooth papers right now but i will take a picture of this and we will do a zoom in right now for you so you can kind of see the differences and see how beautiful you get much better tooth here there’s still a little tooth here but you get this really thin flimsy see throughy paper that’s not going to stand up too much abuse you’ll easily tear this paper if you try to use anything like a mineral spirits or if you try to use like a Vaseline or something to do your blending you’re going to have issues with this paper trust me I’ve had problems so you notice a difference with like colorless blenders oh yeah all of that you’re going to have issues with these light paper and it will frustrate you so if you’re having frustrations with your coloring you might want to look at your paper that might be the first problem that you’re having and you might want to invest just a little extra money and get a ream of some better paper yeah it’s not that expensive no it really isn’t and i think the link we give you as through amazon right so it’s not that much more money and I think you could like 250 sheets of it so it’s gonna set you up for a long time a lot of printing of coloring pages there so go check out the link in the description if you enjoyed this video make sure you hit like and share it with someone that you think would also like to learn more about paper and the mysteries that are all this terminology thank you Steve for helping us figure out all this terminology and we will be doing a follow up video learning more about papers because there’s so much to learn and we’re also going to do hopefully follow video on printers we might even go visit a store and learn about printer so thank you very much you guys and I hope you have a wonderful blissful colorful day bye bye

100 comments

  • Nancy Fielder

    Thanks for the info Jennifer &Steve. Have you ever tryed spectrum noir pencils? That is the type I have

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  • Edie J

    thanks! ordered some and it was free shipping!

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  • Kathy Adams

    what about 20 lb bond paper vs 32 lb? Is the heavier bond paper good for coloring with pencil?

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  • RBdreamsART

    Very informative! I was wondering what that lbs. and cardstock terms meant. Now I know 🙂

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  • Eddie & Catherine Falls

    most super videos I've watched by you…. I have learned sooooo much! "! please don't stop!! I watch, I color, run in to a problem, & look for yr videos & there you r explaining it.. tk u sooo much… I would like to ask about paper since you just talked about it…. how do you know what stock of paper it is if u are using a book you purchased at a store?? tks again.. I am on fbook.. u can c my very first Page I colored, it's not professional , just fun, relaxing & I practiced on it.. made mistakes.. Cathie Medlin Falls. also u can messenger tks again for loving this art!

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  • S Werner

    Thank you so much for your informative video. I was trying to really research papers specifically for colored pencils and it is good to have an artist review and explain papers. Thanks.

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  • Jana Dean

    As usual you have the best, most informative videos of all. I make a copy of a picture in most cases before I color it just in case I mess up and need to start over and because some coloring books have the thin basic copy type paper that is awful to try to color on. I've been using Multi Media paper to make these extra copies and I would like to know your opinion on this kind of paper. I take mine to a copy shop to have copies made since I haven't invested in a printer yet. On the Multi Media paper, I find I have to use a colorless blender to fill in all the white spots that are still there even after I've finished the page. Please tell me what you think about this Multi Media paperband in the meantime, I will be ordering the paper you gave the link to. Thank you 😊

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  • Donna Jo

    Very informative, thanks.

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  • Cathren Riddler

    thanks for the information Jennifer you rock another video. So helpful

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  • Dotty J

    I have been a card maker for 25 years, but just really am trying to learn about all mediums. I have so many colored pencils and never really used them that much. Thanks to you I am really using them now and the paper information is invaluable. Thank you for all your hard work.

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  • Patricia Folks

    Wow thanks so much. I now know why color pencils didn't look right when coloring. I was using a card stock but it was smooth. And I can't tell you how many I have torn up and threw away because I didn't like the look. Going out tomorrow and get the right paper. I just couldn't get the right blending look and threw so many away. Thanks so much!!

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  • ELIZABETH ROOKE

    thanks this is good and i am checking my printer specs

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  • Natural Color

    Hi Jennifer, I'm new at coloring mostly books or down loads and I have been trying to find paper to use for coloring that would fit in my printer. Your video is right on time. the copy paper just does not give the same feel as the paper in coloring books. I purchased the Springhill Vellum Bristol White 67# Cover paper and I love it. My printer didn't have an issue with the paper. Again thanks so much I love watching your vidios!

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  • Shirley Markham

    This is one of the most informative and lucid videos I have ever seen! Every Artist will tell you their preferred paper but few will explain the advantages and disadvantages so clearly.

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  • Vera Yancey

    Nice to meet the hubby!

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  • Phyllis Stuart

    Thank you, Jennifer! I always thought it was pounds that I needed to go by so the last time I bought card stock I bought the heaviest I could find. Next time I'll know. Thank your husband for me too. Now what I'd like to ask is about the ink in the printer… I've had problems with the lines smudging when I'm coloring, especially if I use marker on my coloring page. Do you have any suggestions?

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  • jen5469

    Thank you so much Jennifer (and hubby) for taking the time to do this video. I have just started coloring and rely on you tube-rs as my teachers. I have heard a lot of artists talk about the tooth of the paper, you have done a very good job of explaining this. Your video is to the point and easy to understand. I will definitely be checking out your website!!

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  • Lynne Bailey

    Could you maybe save me time and tell me what printer you have… or know of that allows 67 lb paper? I love my Epson and printed one page of the 67 lb and it worked just fine. However, the specs say 24 lb is the heaviest for this printer.

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  • Daisy Machado

    Great tips. I always had problem with papers, now will be a lot easier to choose.

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  • Micha Vanermen

    This tutorial is super helpfull 😊. Thank you both for making it easy!

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  • Cindy Knapper

    Thanks, Jennifer and Steve! I always learn so much from your videos! Purchased my ream of paper from Amazon and it really is not that expensive and worth every penny. So happy with my purchase!

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  • Colette Horsburgh

    What about sketchbooks? What type of paper is the mixed media stuff?

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  • Edyin

    Thank you for this informative video! I was wondering if I could print my own coloring pages, and now I know what to do.

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  • Monica Taylor

    My dad used to work at international paper 😁

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  • Matthew Zinn

    i have a epson printer wf7510 and it will print on cardstock watercolor paper artist bristol etc. the heaviest paper i sent through it was canson xl watercolor paper 140 lb 300g (print on the back/ smoother side ) and it worked just fine – this might be one to consider for printing coloring pages . i do original art but sometimes i like to keep an inked copy and a colored one as well

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  • BenjaminGib

    Awesome, I have been wanting to know this!

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  • Robin Summers

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! You video answered so many of my questions.

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  • Robin Burk

    where did you purchase your paper?

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  • Vicki Barry

    Unfortunately, the music is so loud, I can't hear Jennifer.

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  • The Art Spirits

    Great information – thanks. I'll be looking for some of this paper now 🙂

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  • pat n

    This is the best tutorial on paper for pencils and markers I have seen. Thanks to you and your husband. Great job!

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  • Janelle • ArganPrincess

    Jen & Steve I really do appreciate how y'all take the time to explain things like this that can be quite complicated to most people. Y'all always make it easy to understand & remove the "intimidation factor" as well as make it interesting & Fun! I'm so glad you do what you do, you are a great teacher! It's double the fun when your hubby make videos. Always great content as well, you & Steve are awesome! I'm a fellow Chronic Pain & Fatigue Sister, as it seems many in your "Bliss Community" happen to be. So it's kinda like having an Art & Pain Support Group together, it's 2 for 1 special! ; ) Sorry if my PainBrain was repetitive or wonky. I'm sure you'll understand tho.
    Did you make a video similar to this for your paper recomendations to use with Markers & Gel Pens specifically? If not do u have a time frame of when you plan to do so? Thanks in advance!😃
    Once again thanks to you & Steve for all y'all do & please continue to put out such helpful hints enjoyable content!

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  • Pink crafty kitty

    I don't know if I didn't catch it in the video, but why is it better to have paper with more bumps on it than it being smooth??(for colored pencil)

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  • Maria Caridad Garcia

    Really interesting, Unfortunatelly in my country we don´t have most of those papers. I think I will have to do a similar test than the one that you did but with the materials that are easyly available here.

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  • Mandy Mcgregor

    Super info – hubbie has a lovely voice commanding attention yet soft and easily understood. Nice to have both of you on videos. My hubbie and I both craft and we enjoy learning more by watching. I now know what your US lbs mean as we work in grammes for our paper in the UK. Is the speckled look how its supposed to be when laying down colour onto the paper/ card. Im of the idea that a more block of colour look is desired. Im new to coloured pencils as i normally work with acrylic paint and inks.
    Thanks for your refreshing videos.
    Mandy

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  • Daryl Bottema-Adkins

    Hello. This was very informative. I'm sort of surprised that many artists who share their tips for coloured pencils don't talk about paper. I've been researching and testing for a few weeks and learned little bits here and there, but there were still pieces of information missing. This video helped me to better understand and fill in the gaps. Thank you. I just would like to clarify a couple of things.

    1. I now know that vellum and smooth tell about the tooth of the paper and that this can vary for each and every paper.

    2. Within either category of tooth would it be correct to list paper from thinner to thickest in the following way (I'm basing this on something your husband said)?
    1-Copy/Text—2-Bristol—3-index—4-card

    I ask because I was shocked to see Bristol as thinner than index and even card. I have a Strathmore artist pad that is bristol and it is thicker than any paper or cardstock that I have. The weight is obviously higher (gsm = 140) and I know that seems to be the best number to correctly categorize paper.

    I'm trying to make my question make sense, but this subject is tricky. Thanks for your help.

    As for printers I've searched for straight-feed printers, but I haven't had much luck finding anything. Any suggestions?

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  • Nicole Donovan

    does this paper come in any other colors? or just white?

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  • papisNY

    what kind of paper accept more layers of color pencil?

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  • Mickey Lavoie

    What happens if you use both when coloring, pencils and markers

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  • Gadget Girl66

    One thing you didn't cover is Brightness. Cheap copy paper is usually an 80 on the brightness scale. I suspect that you are using either a 100 or 110 bright white stock. Oh, the joy and knowledge gained from working at an office products company for 7 years.

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  • Edna Sheffield

    Your videos are very informative. I recently purchased the Faber Castell polychromos and the 67 lb paper above. Are both sides of the paper Bristol vellum? I can't tell if there is a difference.

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  • Mickey Lavoie

    Which paper would you recommend for polychromos and markers as I like to use both in my colorings. I use markers for backgrounds and very small things.. thanks

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  • Jamie Law

    I have a laser printer but I had a terrible problem with the toner smearing before I even colored. (I did not have this problem with regular copy paper.) I spraying the picture after printing with workable fixatif helped a lot. I'm thinking of trying some gesso to see how that works. Has anyone else had this problem or any suggests for me to try?

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  • Jeanne d'Arc

    liked the inforative video, but I have one big point to criticize:

    It's no surprise that you get a rougher look on the left placed cardstock than on the right placed, if you want compare paper you should always test them on the same surface.

    It hasn't much "more" tooth, your surface is simply harder and rougher than on the right paper where you have the other cardstock in between, which buffers the hard table and you get a much smoother result. If you switch them, the result will be the other way around. The heavier cardstock may give you a bit smoother result because it buffers the hard surface a bit more by itself but the difference is not as big as shown.

    Do you remember back in school, when you copied / traced different structures like leaves, concrete, bark etc with paper and pencil? Just place the paper over the surface and color it with a pencil, the background is automatically pushes through. This is exactly what happed in your test to the left paper.
    So please always make sure you test and compare paper on the same surface. Lay all flat on the table, or a mat, or lay the same kind of paper underneath etc

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  • Mr.Badass529

    This was absolutely phenomenal. Thank you SO much. I really appreciate it:) keep on going!

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  • T. Reynolds

    Thank you so much Jen and your hubby, Steve! The video was extremely informative. I have noticed the difference in coloring books that I've purchased. The books that are less expensive seem to have weak or low tooth paper. Whereas most books that are a wee bit more, seem to have a better quality of paper. Do you happen to know what high end coloring books use for printing their books? Once again, thank you for sharing and providing valuable information.

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  • Jana Dean

    Jennifer, your link to the paper you like best for colored pencils takes me to the 80lb instead of the 67 lb. Is the 67 lb the paper you like best for colored pencils?

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  • ml benson

    Thanks a bunch! My favourite colouring medium is (Prisma) coloured pencils so this was incredibly helpful!

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  • sockwidowmaker

    What ink do you use t ensure it doesn't bleed when using say blending solution like gamsol?

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  • Abigail A

    Wat bout cardstock???

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  • Peter Sobocki

    The Pound weight of paper or card stock refers to the weight in pounds of 1 Ream – that is 500 full imperial sheets as cut from the roll or in fine art papers the standard mould screen size … "GENERALLY" and here's the rub, there are other ""standard sizes" within the imperial system – or depending on the production equipment – Elephant, Double Elephant, Crown and so on and the "pound weight" were accordingly different for each of them. they were not extrapolated down to a standard size. Most manufacturers do now base the weight on the common 30" x 22" imperial sheet but they don't have to. I recently saw an advert for 1000 lb watercolour paper, I imagined something resembling a plank but in fact it was just a really large sheet of 300 lb paper. Under the metric system in GSM you have a standardised value in Grams for 1 square meter of a single sheet of that paper or card stock. This value will be consistent be it for a Post-it note or a 50 meter roll.

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  • silvio433

    CPB, hello there, can you recommend a good paper for coloring, I started 3 months ago in the art of drawing and coloring, now I don't know if my pencils are oil, water or wax based. I ask because I don't like the way it looks when am finished and want to know if its me doing anything wrong. thanks for the help.

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  • Gayle Toler

    Thank you, Jen and Steve. Excellent tutorial about best paper to use with colored pencils. I appreciate your thoroughness in answering questions!

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  • Sherlene Holloway

    Hi Jennifer,
    Thanks for the video, but I must admit, I don’t have a printer, I typically just stamp an image and color or use gamsol to smooth it out. So will the paper you and Steve suggested work the way I color?

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  • Sherlene Holloway

    I’ll be sure to send you an image, when I get the paper. Thanks you guys “ROCK!”

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  • Tammy Blaker

    Paper is half the story. What printer do you use?

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  • Beverly Frederick

    Awesome presentation !!!

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  • Shufam Shumate

    This was SO helpful. I had just printed the 150 color swatch template and was going to do the swatches for my Prismacolors but I had printed it on Smooth Cover not Vellum! So I will save that template for my markers and will get some Vellum Bristol Cover(67lb!) and do my swatches on that. You just saved me so much work, thank you!!!

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  • Happy Puppy Pink Cupcake Kisses

    Thanks for this! Very helpful!

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  • Andrew BP

    The paper we get in Malaysia come in grams.

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  • CalabazaTown solo

    It is a good idea to use colored pencils on Bristol paper???

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  • minnie jones

    thank you very much!

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  • ml benson

    Just a heads up that the link is for the 80 lb. cover – appreciate all the info as I said.😍

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  • Sue Gaines

    Wonderful job of breaking down the paper secrets!!! Now I better understand! Thank you and Steve!!!❤️

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  • Skidz the human

    Thank you excellent video! I learned a lot.

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  • Bonnie Revell-Miller

    Great job and thanks for all the investigative leg work. I just purchased Prismacolor Premier 36. Do watercolor pencils prefer bristol or vellum?

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  • Melena Schneider

    Hi Jennifer! I finally watched this whole video yesterday and now I understand what this paper thing is all about. I decided I wanted to get some so I went to Office Depot this morning and got a package of the 67 lb. Vellum Bristol card stock. I asked the guy in there to help me out and told him what printer I have (a Canon) and he pointed out exactly what I needed. Whew! I love my Canon printer and so glad I can put this paper through it. When I got it home and opened the paper I immediately loved the feel. So I printed out the grid I had made (sorry, I'm kind of a do it yourselfer here LOL) and started applying my colored pencils immediately. WOW! I love it. My Prismacolors work so well on it and the colors come out so nice. This will be my go to paper from now on. So now I have 3 perfect things for doing my art – I love the Canon printer, I love my Prismacolors and I love this new paper. Wonderful. I hope you see this because I know it's been a while since you posted this and I want you to know that we go back and look at all these videos. Cheers from cloudy but warm Northern California.

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  • Julia Bos

    Thanks, but i have a question…
    Because…..printing and coloring on the same paper? Then you see the lines? That is not what you want in a drawing…?

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  • Sheila Pechman

    Terrific video and exactly what I needed. While you say 67# Bristol Vellum has better tooth for colored pencils, I prefer a smooth paper. Do you know what Createspace paper is? That paper is terrible IMHO I've stopped buying any CS books for that reason. Again, excellent video. Thank you

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  • Sandra Lugo

    The link to the papr when I purchased it says vellum card Not vellum bristol is there a mistake on the link

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  • GLADYS BERRIER

    When I go to this link it says 80#

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  • GLADYS BERRIER

    80 lb

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  • Jeri Lloyd

    Well no wonder I was having such a hard time with layering! I have some Hero oil based pencils and thought i had the perfect paper! (110lb index) Going to try the paper you recommend and maybe I'll like my pencils better!

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  • Jeri Lloyd

    Do you know what the specs are on the paper in the Johanna Basford coloring books? Thanks!

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  • Melting Stream

    I always get frustrated trying to blend colors. I just have printer paper 😓

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  • lfc2230

    Thank you for this vid. I gained helpful knowledge.

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  • Debbie Elholm

    I wasn't worried about the gsm paper weight, I was looking for a heavy paper weight because I sometimes color with Copic markers. The lower the pound #, the more the Copics bleed through the paper. I currently use Neenah Solar White 120 lb and it works great with my stamps and with my Copics. I will be using it with my colored pencils, too.

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  • 0ArmoredSoul0

    I never thought about these kinds of printing details, but listening to all of this, I'm looking back and realizing how many of my past printing issues would have been solved if I had this information back then.
    Thank you for making this video, it's super useful and informative and I know for a FACT I'm going to be paying MUCH closer attention to what I buy for paper from now on.

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  • Cathy Anderson

    This is a much needed subject in Colortube. Please do one for Alcohol markers ,watercolor and a suggestion for multimedia. Papers we can easily purchase on Amazon.thanks for this!!

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  • kristine Kerr

    Very informative🙂Is this still your paper of choice?

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  • Dave Price

    Great Video on paper. I learned so much 🙂

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  • Mike Kelley

    A lot of good information….Thank you!

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  • CreamintheCoffee

    Are you just not the coolest person on the planet!!!!???? As a new Colorist the light just came on that the paper makes the difference in my coloring adventures! Well, duh! I sat here dumbfounded as you answered literally every question I had about paper weight, etc. But dummy me jumped the gun and bought all of this cardstock paper before I saw this video and Thank God it hasn't jammed in my copier — yet! So thank you for this very informative video. It seems as if you are constantly holding my hand while I "grow up" in the coloring world! Maybe one day you'll even let me cross the street! Yippee!

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  • Wendy

    Incredibly helpful!!! Thank you very much!!!

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  • Syed Mishar Newaz

    very informative video

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  • Courtney Arredondo

    Answered so many questions that I have had about what paper I should use for printing my coloring pages on and specifics about paper in general.

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  • Kathleen Beggs

    Thank you so much for this informative video!!

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  • Renelephant

    OH OH OH! I think I found you at just the right time! I'm only about 1/2 way in the video, but I forget. AGE! UGH!!! I JUST, YESTERDAY bought a hopefully, very nice set of colored pencils set, from Caran D' Asch? something like that. I had COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN that of course, paper was important also.

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  • Darby Dupree

    t.y.s.v.m. Two reams of incorrect paper and buying in the dark, I can finally order the correct paper.

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  • Atrixium

    actually paper with tooth is worse than smooth because if you are blending and burnishing etc, the pencil actually rips the paper.

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  • Cindy Clark

    Well, well, well. Good thing I watched this! Guess I'll have to go trade in my printer at Costco and get another one.
    Thanks for the info!

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  • Stephen Bailey

    I think this video is more "best paper for colored pencils to print on"

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  • Kristina Russell

    I am having trouble finding good marker paper that doesn’t suck up all my ink and make it look dried out and dull Do you have any recommendations?

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  • maggdale

    Hi Jennifer, the link you added for the "Springhill Vellum Bristol White 67# Cover 8.5"x11" 250 sheets:" brings us to the "Springhill Cardstock Paper, White Paper, 80lb, 175gsm, 8.5 x 11, 92 Bright, 1 Ream / 250 Sheets – Vellum Card Stock, Thick Paper " Where is the "Springhill Vellum Bristol White 67#…" ??

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  • Nicki Montie

    I just found this. It's what I've been looking for – thank you!!!

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  • Vanessa Connolly

    Can I just say from UK I have fallen in love with your channel and thank you, i am still a colouring newbie and have bought the paper ream recommended here. Even with global shipping the cost is fantastic, only thing I wonder When will you review the arteza watercolour pencils plzzzzz 🙂🙂🙂🙂

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  • F V

    Thank you so much , I just subscribed to your YouTube, Facebook … Would you be so kind to give me advice on what is the best printing paper I can use to print my PDF coloring book and color with prisma pencils or Copic Markers? Do I have to make 2 books one for markers and one for pencils ?

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  • Judy Meyer

    So the link is for the 80 lb version but didn’t you say you liked the 67 lb version better?

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  • Trevi

    Very quick video

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  • becky quick

    Great information!!! thanks to you both!!!

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