Use the right freekin’ paper.
Let me ask you this:
How many races would Dale Earnhardt have won if he’d decided that Coca Cola was cheaper than gasoline?
Would Michael Jordan have dominated the basketball court if he had worn six inch peep-toe stilletos?
How far would Neil Armstrong have gotten in a space suit made up of duct tape and Hershey’s Kiss wrappers?
Ohhhhh… so some things are not interchangeable?
Huh. So you totally understand that to do something well, you need the right tool for the job?
And yet you still try to blend Copic Markers on paper designed for computer printers?
Paper is a tool
In fact, I firmly believe that your choice of paper is far more important than which brand of alcohol marker you use.
The paper is more important than the marker.
You can get good results from the worst markers on great quality paper.
Marker paper and marker cardstocks are designed for use with marker inks.
It’s not a case of finding a paper which doesn’t bleed through or get feathery. Lots of papers are thick enough to prevent bleed through and there are a ton of papers which do not feather. That doesn’t make them good for Copics.
Marker paper is more than thick and smooth.
Quality marker paper facilitates blending.
On the right paper, you don’t have to do the blending. The blending happens automatically.
Specialty Marker paper and cardstocks don’t just allow you to blend well, they actually make the blends happen.
Students who come to me with blending problems often assume it's something they're doing wrong. In most cases, a simple switch to marker formulated paper solves at least half of their blending problem.
Paper is incredibly important
I can’t state that firmly enough. Your choice of paper is the number one thing affecting the look of your blends.
Paper is more important than your marker selection.
Paper is more important than your blending combinations.
It’s more important than your application technique.
It’s more important than artistic talent.