Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Review: Borden and Riley Bleedproof Paper for Pens

Borden & Riley Bleedproof paper

Borden & Riley, considers this paper to the the "finest paper in the industry for all kinds of pen and ink work."

"It has a smooth hard surface for every type of pen including Technical Dip and Ruling Pen. No feathering, bleeding or breaking up of fine lines."

Permanent marker mandala

I bought this pad of 108# paper several years ago at a local art supply store, (You can find it online at Blick) and I was under the impression that you could use it with permanent markers (I was using Prismacolor at the time) and that it wouldn't bleed.

Bordon & Riley Bleedproof paper bleeds....

Not so... as you can see from this example where I used a Sharpie and a Bic Mark-it. The Bic actually bled through to the next page. I guess I misinterpreted what this paper was to be used for. I do love the shiny flat surface, and colors really pop - but I might need to reconsider my future use of this paper unless I can remember to place a blank sheet behind the one I am currently working on.


Anne-Sophie said...

Due to its name that would probably be the best paper for your fountain pen ink mandalas.

I believe the primary users were cartoonists and map makers.
Back in the days, when computer generated anything was black and white, it took government style budget to print any nice looking in color.

Erin C. said...

Hi. I bought those Bic Mark-it markers too. Only $3 at walmart for 8 markers. That Blue Skies Blue that you used in your mandala is my favorite.

And, yes, they really do bleed, both on my Rhodia No.14 pad and even my Strathmore Sketch book.

I was going to take pics of these bleed-throughs and post it on the flickr FPN group.

I still may do that; haven't posted anything there in quite a while.

Thanks for all your great reviews!

Biffybeans said...

Good info - thanks Anne-Sophie!

Erin - the blue was a Sharpie.... The Mark-It seems to bleed worse than the Sharpies. Glad you find my reviews helpful!

Diana G. said...

"Bleedproof" only applies to the fact the ink does not bleed outwards into the paper fibres. It allows you to saturate the paper with ink, and yes it soaks through -- but it does not flow outwards when liquid is applied.

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