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Offline Estefa

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Re: Favorite Practice Paper
« Reply #30 on: March 10, 2014, 04:37:36 AM »
I'd really try cheapo drawing paper or letter writing paper pads in the supermarket or stationery shop. That's what I do at least.  Half of them are usually really decent fpr practice, I just take care that they don't have more than 80 or 90g / m2, so that I can see the guidelines through them I have a lightpad but don't particularly like using it except when I must (for very thick paper). And I am too lazy to draw the guidelines, and I don't like writing on printed ones, but as Natascha (sisterofdream) suggested, some like that too!

The papers that don't work well because the ink is bleeding or they are too scratchy I can still use for pencil drills / sketches (or I give it to the kids but your's are already grown I think ;)). And I recommend again iron gall ink, it really works on nearly every paper without bleeding but that's just my experience.
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Re: Favorite Practice Paper
« Reply #31 on: March 10, 2014, 10:14:56 AM »
Some say drawing guidelines are almost relaxing. Not for me but for some haha.

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Re: Favorite Practice Paper
« Reply #32 on: March 10, 2014, 03:47:11 PM »
Use the 24 lb HP paper.  You can see bold guidelines underneath it without a lightbox. 

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Re: Favorite Practice Paper
« Reply #33 on: March 11, 2014, 12:50:19 AM »
Thanks calligraphy friends. Really good tips!!! I have been wanting to use iron gall ink for a while. So I think since it writes well on most paper I will invest in that first.

I love this forum everybody is so helpful :-))))))
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Re: Favorite Practice Paper
« Reply #34 on: March 11, 2014, 12:57:58 AM »
I have bordon and riley 100 percent pure rag paper ( cotton comp). Its so thin no light box needed.

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Re: Favorite Practice Paper
« Reply #35 on: March 13, 2014, 12:15:14 PM »
Erica - the HP Premium Choice Laser Paper is excellent for practice & as scratch paper as I'm working!  Thank you for the suggestion.  I've always used the Canson marker paper for my scratches while I'm working, but the HP paper is a much greater value!!  I went to Office Depot & since they downsized the store, they didn't have it on the shelf.  They ordered it for me, shipped to my house, NO SHIPPING! 
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Re: Favorite Practice Paper
« Reply #36 on: March 13, 2014, 03:27:00 PM »
Marcia,
That is great to hear! So even though it is one of the most expensive laser papers, it is really more cost effective than any "art" paper. And I just love the surface. Glad it is working well for you, too. Free shipping to your door - hooray!  ;D
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Re: Favorite Practice Paper
« Reply #37 on: March 13, 2014, 04:18:48 PM »
As you know, Erica, I have to echo Marcia's sentiment about the HP Laser Paper. I swear it changed my life! Seriously! I had no idea the paper could make such a difference. I now feel like I am moving forward rather than brooding over how bad my writing was getting. It really wasn't the writing that looked bad, it was the practice paper that made my writing look bad! Big, big difference!

Thank you again,

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Re: Favorite Practice Paper
« Reply #38 on: March 13, 2014, 08:23:57 PM »
That's awesome Ellen!

I'm happy it has helped so much. It is amazing how one little thing can make such a big difference. I'm so glad it has helped. Your lettering is looking great!  :)
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Re: Favorite Practice Paper
« Reply #39 on: March 14, 2014, 02:58:07 AM »
I got the HP paper!
The 100g one though, but it is still a wonderful practice paper. And 500 pages for 12/16$ is awesome.

THANK YOU, Erica! You've made my life so much easier already :D going through so much expensive paper was really painful, much better now :D it's even better than the paper from the art supply store I got, which was like 8 for 75 pages.
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Re: Favorite Practice Paper
« Reply #40 on: March 14, 2014, 11:39:55 PM »
Hooray! Wonderful news!  :)  Perhaps I should buy stock in this paper.  ;D
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Re: Favorite Practice Paper
« Reply #41 on: March 17, 2014, 12:48:16 AM »
I love this paper too, but all my nibs are catching fibers from the paper and making my hairlines not so thin.

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Re: Favorite Practice Paper
« Reply #42 on: March 17, 2014, 11:06:39 AM »
I'm sorry to hear that Brad.  :( Not sure if you are already doing this, but if not, try frequently (like every third word or so or when you see fibers building up on the tip) dipping your pen into clean water, and wiping with a cloth. I find if I increase the frequency with which I do that, I get less fiber built up. Also, it may be coming close to the time to change your nib.
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Re: Favorite Practice Paper
« Reply #43 on: March 17, 2014, 12:02:27 PM »
Yes I do that, i am glad you said that tho because i thought i might be something something  wrong. I ordered some new nibs, different name brands so maybe they will work better

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Re: Favorite Practice Paper
« Reply #44 on: March 17, 2014, 01:32:06 PM »
What nibs have you been using?
I'm mostly using the EF66 and Nikko G and I don't get anything stuck in there with this paper, maybe you are pressing too hard on the upstrokes?
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