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Old 05-04-2009, 11:27 PM
k_nak k_nak is offline
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Hello Karen. For matte paper, a smooth surface is always the best for high density stippled imagery. The reason being is that stippled images are comprised of dots and any paper with "tooth" to it will remove a high percentage of these defining dots leaving one with a partial image. Linear images are fine on papers with tooth to them because if there are any gaps in the lines, our minds fill in the missing information but tonal images missing a lot of information can look fragmented. There are hot press papers of all kinds which work well as well as coated non-glossy papers that do very well with highly detailed imagery.

As far as inks go, dye based inks work well but unlike glossy paper I wouldn't layer as many colors on top of one another like one can on glossy. Glossy coating binds the surface of paper and keeps the surface integrity intact with as many layers of ink that you might want to use on it but matte paper can potentially buckle. You have to experiment with any combination of media but a good bet on matte paper are stipple brushes in combination with dye based inks. The saturation doesn't become as thick as methods like sponging methods but the results are beautiful in their own right. Other inks that can be used are dye based inks straight out of ink pens such as Tombow, LePlume, etc. Copic markers are the new rage out there and their alcohol based inks look great in scenic stamping with either a straight-from-pen application or the airbrushing method.

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