Paper

Colouring Heaven cover and text are printed on UPM Fine paper. It was selected for it’s high brightness, optimal opacity and outstanding suitability for offset printing. It’s environmental credentials are also impressive, being made from FSC® certified and traceable pulp sources, is manufactured in accordance with ISO certified standards for environmental, quality and energy management. UPM fine is great for colouring pencils as it has a medium tooth, it is also suitable for watercolour pencils if you don’t get it too wet and pens and markers if you put a few sheets of card behind the design you’re working on so the colour doesn’t bleed through and spoil the design on the next page.

If you’re looking to print a download design, there are a few things to think about when selecting a paper:

Tooth (the texture of the paper) will have a big effect on how your coloured pencils look. The texture of a paper allows the colour from your pencils to grab onto the surface of the paper and means you can build up lots of layers of colour on top of each other. 

If you use a very smooth paper (with not much tooth), like printer paper or hot pressed watercolour paper, you’ll find that your coloured pencils look very light as the paper cannot grab onto the colour, you also won’t be able to layer colours. 

The other side of the spectrum is a paper with lots of texture, like pastel paper, which can also throw up some issues. This paper may create a slightly patchy effect which may not be what you’re looking for, as the texture of the paper will show through. These papers will also use up your coloured pencils at a very high speed! 

When it comes to using markers, using them on the wrong paper means that the colour will likely bleed through and feather, which can ruin your colouring! Bleedproof marker paper will be your saviour here. These papers will prevent bleeding, stop feathering so you can get smooth crisp lines and allow you to layer your markers. Some great markers papers are X-Press It blending card, the Copic Sketchbook and Strathmore Marker Pad. 

If you are confused about what paper to choose for your markers then this tutorial is very helpful: youtu.be/_wy-A4ij06E

Finding a balance within this that works for you is important so you get the finish you’re looking for. 

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