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    I bought a vintage blotter at the flea market last weekend. I got to looking at it and thought it looked a lot like construction paper. I went to the dollar store and got some construction paper and it seems to work just as well. Is blotter paper really construction paper marked as something else?

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    Default Re: Blotting Paper

    As long as the paper is absorbent, it will work as blotter paper.
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    Default Re: Blotting Paper

    Not tried this myself, so just guessing, but do you lose the sheen of a sheeny ink if you blot it?

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    Default Re: Blotting Paper

    Quote Originally Posted by Spideysgirl View Post
    I bought a vintage blotter at the flea market last weekend. I got to looking at it and thought it looked a lot like construction paper. I went to the dollar store and got some construction paper and it seems to work just as well. Is blotter paper really construction paper marked as something else?

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    I'm not sure what "construction paper" would be, here in the UK. Maybe someone else knows?
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    Default Re: Blotting Paper

    Construction paper (aka sugar paper?) is rougher and more fibrous than blotting paper. It could work as blotting paper but the coloured sheets would make it harder to appreciate accumulated traces of different inks.

    I use an old A5 pad of cartridge paper (watercolour paper) to furnish A6 blotting sheets for my Hobonichi Techos.

    @ EoC: no appreciable loss of sheen if you don't blot immediately.

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    Default Re: Blotting Paper

    Quote Originally Posted by Spideysgirl View Post
    ...Is blotter paper really construction paper marked as something else?
    No. Blotting paper is designed to draw a sufficient quantity of ink off the writing surface so as to prevent the blotted ink from returning to the writing surface, even with an immediate second application of the blotting paper.

    My guess is you bought an old advertising blotting card. Those usually perform better than modern blotting paper bought from art supply stores. I never tried construction paper, but given it's thin weight compared to classic blotting paper, I cannot imagine it would have the capacity to draw heavy ink blobs without returning the blotted ink to the writing surface.

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    Default Re: Blotting Paper

    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_of_Clouds View Post
    Not tried this myself, so just guessing, but do you lose the sheen of a sheeny ink if you blot it?
    Yes. If you are using an ink that shades, you usually end up with no shading after blotting. Blotting speeds up drying if you really need it. Just a side note: I have old leather bank register books that have blotting paper between each page of the book.
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    Default Re: Blotting Paper

    Blotter paper is heavier than construction paper in my experience.
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