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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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    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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    Default Re: Blotting Paper

    To be honest, this is the first time I hear about something like this. I should check ... I'm pretty sure there are some differences between the two. I am currently doing some repairs, so it will not be difficult for me to check it, though I will have to wait a bit. At the moment I am repairing gutters, so paper is simply unnecessary here. I think that when I start doing repairs in the garage, I can check it out. It seems to me that this will happen in about a month, perhaps a little later. In any case, when I do this, I will write down my results in this topic ..
    Last edited by Veighag; October 7th, 2020 at 07:16 PM.

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    Default Re: Blotting Paper

    Blotting paper is its own thing. Paper manufacturers make it specifically. Other industries use it too.

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    Default Re: Blotting Paper

    I have/use blotting paper.
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    Default Re: Blotting Paper

    No, construction paper is wood pulp based paper and blotter paper is cotton based paper. Blotter paper is much more absorbent.

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    Default Re: Blotting Paper

    Quote Originally Posted by Wile E Coyote View Post
    No, construction paper is wood pulp based paper and blotter paper is cotton based paper. Blotter paper is much more absorbent.
    Here's an alpha cellulose (wood) based one.

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    Default Re: Blotting Paper

    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Juul View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wile E Coyote View Post
    No, construction paper is wood pulp based paper and blotter paper is cotton based paper. Blotter paper is much more absorbent.
    Here's an alpha cellulose (wood) based one.
    That's because the Alpha Cellulose is high

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    Default Re: Blotting Paper

    So far, the most effective blotting paper I've found are pages from obsolete photographic print-drying books, better than vintage blotting sheets and cards. You can buy them off eBay, and one should provide you with many years' supply.

    I bought used, but here's a seller selling them N.O.S., still wrapped, for only $8! (Still has the $33 sticker on them.) https://www.ebay.com/itm/Delta-1-Pho...s/283932452178


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