Finding the Perfect Paper to Make Your Brush Pens Last!

One of the sad realities of brush lettering is the discovery that even the best of brush markers don’t last forever! It’s crushing, like back when you first discovered that Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy aren’t real (I’m sorry if this blog post has brought all these realizations at once!). BUT the good news is that finding the perfect, smooth, properly processed paper can make your brush pens last for as long as possible!

You don’t just want paper that feels smooth, you want paper that actually is smooth! And that is accomplished by the paper being processed twice, smoothing out the paper fibers and, thus, saving your pens. Think of those paper fibers like tiny razor blades – the more “dull” they are, the less torn up your pen will be.

Just scroll down to watch the full video and linked supply list to find your perfect paper!


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  1. Hina on December 19, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Which paper is good to use with karin markers when blending? Thanks

  2. Lynn Chasin on February 27, 2021 at 11:13 am

    I was looking for a review of Karin markers and found your Lessons on Karin Brush Marker Pro and am so glad I found you. As I have already purchased the Karin pens I now understand how to use them.
    However, you have now got me interested in lettering!! It would go really well with my card making.
    So glad I found your blog.

    • Amanda on March 17, 2021 at 1:06 pm

      So happy to have you here, Lynn! I’m so glad you’re finding these helpful! xo

  3. Kelly on May 9, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Amanda, do you have any recommendations for colored cardstock? I cannot find any from the Superfine Store that is comparable to the white cardstock.

    • Amanda on May 9, 2021 at 7:44 pm

      That’s a tougher one. I used to get my colored paper as just the packs from Michaels but they aren’t as heavy weight as you might like. My favorite option is to go to a local paperie or scrapbook store and choose just the colors that you need. You can also choose the larger 12×12 size and cut it to the size that you want. Unfortunately this won’t be as smooth so when I use paper like that, I only use pens with nylon nibs or I consider that I will likely have to replace my pens after a few pages depending on the texture.

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