I wanted to see if the papers I used made a difference in blending alcohol markers so I tried blending on six different papers. Two in particular are supposed to work really well with alcohol markers, the Neenah Solar White and the Strathmore Bristol papers. What I found when I blended the markers, was impressive. Please remember that I used Spectrum Noir markers, so maybe other alcohol markers would react differently to the papers, I don’t know. I wanted to put that note in, though, because maybe Copics blend differently.
The papers I used:
from Michaels (as Recollections is a Michaels brand) Recollections 110 lb. cream card stock that sells there for $14.99 for a pack of 100 (without a coupon).
Georgia Pacific 110 lb white cardstock for pack of 250, that I normally buy at Walmart, but did my price checking was done through Amazon so the price comparison is apples to apples. $7.27
Strathmore Bristol 100 lb. 9 x 12″ pack $7.43 at Amazon
Canson XL 9 x 12″ 140 lb Cold Press Watercolor Paper $7.37 at Amazon
Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 80 lb. 250 pack, $36.00 at Amazon
Fabriano 140 lb. Hot Press Watercolor Paper 9 x 12″, $10.98 at Amazon.
I used Spectrum Noir markers DR1, DR4, and DR5 for my blending as reds sometimes are difficult to blend.
I started with the Canson that is a watercolor paper. I started by putting all three colors in a row then used the DR1 to blend them all together. Then went back over with DR4 to ensure a good blend. After it was dry, it did not do a good job of blending as you can see the line between 4 and 5.
Strathmore Bristol–after it is dry, this blends really well.
Georgia Pacific–after it is dry it blends really well.
Neenah–I could see a clear line between the 4 and 5 and didn’t think it did a good job of blending.
Fabriano-after it was dry, it blended well.
Recollections (cream color)–even after re-blending it after it was dry, it did not do a good job of blending.
You might wonder if using the larger nib on the DR5 made a difference in my blending. I used it on the Georgia Pacific, Neenah, Fabriano, and Recollections. The Fabriano and Georgia Pacifics were two of the three that I chose for best for blending.
The papers that did a great job of blending were:
Fabriano Hot Press
I hope this helps you to determine which papers you should use with your alcohol markers.