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Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?
« on: December 16, 2015, 01:22:27 PM »
Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?

Blotting paper as in the paper you're supposed to put under whatever paper you're writing on in order to provide a cushioned writing surface.

Is blotting paper the right term? And would cardboard work?

Just wondering

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Re: Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2015, 01:33:17 PM »
I have never tried it as a blotter but I would imagine if there are any ridges at all, it would not work.  Seems a bit stiff though?  Wonder if anyone's tried it?

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Re: Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2015, 01:50:25 PM »
I haven't tried cardboard, but thanks to a suggestion I found in the forum, I have successfully been using a sheet of felt. I think Erica had suggested it. Got it at a craft store, Michael's I think, for less than $1!

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Re: Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2015, 01:59:05 PM »
I haven't tried cardboard, but thanks to a suggestion I found in the forum, I have successfully been using a sheet of felt. I think Erica had suggested it. Got it at a craft store, Michael's I think, for less than $1!

Oooh, felt. I've never thought about that. Thank you for the suggestion.

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Re: Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2015, 02:10:07 PM »
Newspaper is probably even better(learned from Master Penman John Decollibus), cardboard tends to have ridges which can lead to poking a hole through while writing. (From experience)

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Re: Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2015, 03:43:03 PM »
+1 on the newspaper suggestion.

I haven't tried cardboard, but thanks to a suggestion I found in the forum, I have successfully been using a sheet of felt. I think Erica had suggested it. Got it at a craft store, Michael's I think, for less than $1!

Ooohh...thanks, Estrella! I'm gonna have to give this a try.
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Re: Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2015, 04:00:34 PM »
I have some soft, thick board sold as blotting paper; I think I bought it at IAMPETH.  I works fine for me.

I cut pieces so they fit into envelopes and I draw guidelines on it with a sharpie.  If the envelope is thin enough, I can see the guidelines through the paper.
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Re: Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2015, 08:34:12 PM »
I have a piece of tagboard, which I cut to fit the end of the table where I work and have an old cotton tablecloth underneath the tagboard.
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Re: Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2015, 09:31:12 AM »
Are you supposed to have something soft under the paper?  I've been writing with the paper on a wooden board that protects my table top.  It is definitely not soft.  What is the effect of this?  Does it make it easier to move the pen or is it just to catch the bleed-through?

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Re: Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2015, 09:40:09 AM »
I have the same question as Sean.. I've simply been writing on the table except maybe one or two extra writing pieces underneath. Will this help in the way one writes?
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Re: Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2015, 10:53:47 AM »
I've used newspaper, scrap practice sheets, blotting paper and lately thick felt (with a guide sheet or piece of scrap under the writing paper): all work.  I think I'll probably stick with the felt for the time being because it's particularly good with quills, but really it's a case of whatever you have to hand and seems to work best.  Brian Walker, by the way, favours about 20 big sheets of blotting paper taped to a board: make of that what you will.  It's a good semi-permanent solution, but rather bulky.

In answer to the questions immediately above, you want some cushion because it enables the nib to glide more easily, and it also helps with acquiring a light touch.  The softer the nib, the more desirable it is to have a surface with a bit of give.  I note with interest that there seems to be a sort of mini-trend in fountain pen circles for hard writing mats or even using glass.  I'm unsure what benefits were claimed, but it would certainly make life more difficult with a sharp, flexible dip pen.

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Re: Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2015, 12:04:47 PM »
Unfortunately with a light pad/box, I am limited to the guide sheet inside of a page protector.  So I get some cushioning, but not very much.

As for writing on a HARD surface, I don't like the feel of that, never did.  I need some padding, even if it is only a couple sheets of paper. 
Some cardboard are HARD, almost like wood, others have a bit of give.  With corrugated cardboard, I can sometimes feel the corrugation, and that is not good for writing.
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Re: Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2015, 01:13:16 PM »
Unfortunately with a light pad/box, I am limited to the guide sheet inside of a page protector.  So I get some cushioning, but not very much.

Do you suppose that there might be some species of bubble wrap which might work, Gary?  Can't say I've come across it if there is, but maybe ...

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Re: Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2015, 01:41:30 PM »
Unfortunately with a light pad/box, I am limited to the guide sheet inside of a page protector.  So I get some cushioning, but not very much.

Do you suppose that there might be some species of bubble wrap which might work, Gary?  Can't say I've come across it if there is, but maybe ...

Won't bubble wrap be too bumpy?

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Re: Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?
« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2015, 01:50:52 PM »
Unfortunately with a light pad/box, I am limited to the guide sheet inside of a page protector.  So I get some cushioning, but not very much.

As for writing on a HARD surface, I don't like the feel of that, never did.  I need some padding, even if it is only a couple sheets of paper. 
Some cardboard are HARD, almost like wood, others have a bit of give.  With corrugated cardboard, I can sometimes feel the corrugation, and that is not good for writing.

In another FF thread, someone (who?) suggested that using inexpensive white felt as a blotter will work with a light box.  I tried this.  I drew lines on the felt with a black sharpie.  It worked for me. 
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