Jackson’s is now stocking a new range of graphics papers in pads. I wasn’t familiar with these papers so asked our friendly illustrator H Locke to do a quick sketch on each and write a short description to give other artists an idea of what they are like. H Locke tested the paper using Shin Han Touch Twin Markers, Sakura Micron, Caran Dache Supracolor watercolour pencils and Holbein gouache.
Goldline Graphic Papers
Goldline Bleedproof Marker Pads
Product description: Goldline Bleedproof Marker Pads contain 50 sheets of smooth white, 70gsm paper. This special acid-free paper is bleedproof, eliminates ink spread, and allows quick and even drying. Ideal for use with alcohol-based marker pens. Available in sizes: A4, A3, and A2.
- H Locke’s description: A smooth paper, though not as smooth as some other marker pads. The Shin Han markers didn’t bleed through, the paper is only a bit transparent.
Goldline Bristol Board Pads
Product description: Goldline Bristol Board Pads contain 20 sheets of 220gsm smooth white card. Goldline Bristol Board is suitable for ink, marker pens and watercolour paint. Try Bristol board for your illustration, technical design or cartoon work. Available in sizes: A4 and A3.
- H Locke’s description: Similar to other Bristol boards, a little bit lighter weight. This one says it is suitable for watercolour but I found it buckled with my application of gouache. It is very hard-sized so the water brushed onto the watercolour pencils beaded up and the colour sits on top and moves around easily. Coloured pencil looks good. The Micron pen felt smooth as normal on bristol board but left a little blob at the end of each line, which you might like for a more ‘cartoony’ look. Shin Han Touch Twin was good.
Goldline Glued Sketch Pads
Product description: Goldline Glued Binding Sketch Pads contain 60 sheets of heavy 95gsm paper. Goldline pads are ideal for sketching with pencil, pen, charcoal or pastel. Available in sizes: A4, A3, and A2.
- H Locke’s description: I don’t usually use regular cartridge paper because I work with pens and find it too coarse. The Shin Han markers worked well. The Micron was a bit scratchy looking but that could be put to good effect if I want texture. A surprising outcome was that the paper made the Microns appear finer than on harder paper, the lines were thinner – a .1 looks like a .05. a .5 looks like a .1. The Supracolor pencils looked good, but wetting the pencil made the paper buckle as you would expect. This is a cream coloured paper, I prefer white.
Goldline Layout Pads
Product description: Goldline Layout Pads contain 80 sheets of 50gsm paper. The smooth, white, semi-transparent paper is for applications where you need to be able to present elements of a design in different layers to clients so it can be shown in different arrangements without redrawing the whole design repeatedly. This paper has a substantial resistance to bleed through, despite its good degree of transparency. Goldline Layout Pads are acid free. Available in sizes: A4, A3, and A2.
- H Locke’s description: I have never used layout paper. It sounds like it is a relative of tracing paper and it was semi transparent as expected. The Shin Han marker bled through to the next page. Using the Micron pen the paper felt even smoother than the marker pad.
We also do a tracing paper which wasn’t tested.
Goldline Tracing Pads
Product description: Goldline Professional and Goldline Popular Tracing Pads each contain 50 sheets of tracing paper. The tracing paper in both types of pad is suitable for use with pen and pencil. Professional tracing paper weighs 90gsm whereas Popular tracing paper weighs 63gsm. Available in sizes: A4, A3, and A2.
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