Schut Simli Japon Printmaking Paper, 225 gram/105 lbs
100% Cellulose, Engine+Surface sizing, light tinted color, pH Neutral, Acid-free, alkaline buffered
Excellent for lithographic, calligraphy and relief printing.
This paper reminds me very much of the Clairefontaine Japon Paper that I reviewed back in February of this year. That doesn't surprise me, as both are 'Japon' papers. Japon paper is sometimes called 'Japanese Vellum', but my understanding is that is a paper developed as an alternative to Japanese Vellum. As a vellum type paper, you would expect it to be very smooth, almost slick and sturdy. This Simli Japon printmaking paper is both.
I did a watercolor painting with pen outlines on one half, and used Sakura Gellyroll pens on the other. The smooth surface of the paper just seemed made for gel ink pens!
I don't think I represented this paper very well. I was cranking out these tests and I must have been tired at this point, because my watercolor is rather lackluster. I was using up paint. It's a shame, because the paper does nicely with water and I could have done much better.
Similarly, the Gel ink page is not a good representation because gel ink doesn't scan or photograph well. In real life, the drawing is much more striking. I managed to get the brilliance of the colors, but the values are not true.
But I learned from my tests, anyway.
The outcome of my tests:
- The Paper:
- smooth, satin surface
- folds and creases cleanly with no raditating lines
- lightly tinted color--what I would consider 'natural'
- washes move well
- color lifts well
- hard lines form easily
- no buckling
- no curling
- very slight dimpling along edges only
- Gel Ink Pen--
- brilliant color
- fairly long drying time-easily smudged, but also easily blended
- because ink sets on surface, you get some embossed edges with certain colors
Depending on paper, humidity and temperature, you can sometimes get a line thick enough that it appears embossed. This can be a blessing or a curse, depending on whether you wanted embossed lines. I wasn't expecting, and it only happened with some of the pens (the Metallic colors being most noticeable). It didn't happen with the Moonlight Gellyrolls. If I get more of this paper, I will definitely be playing around with the effect.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get the effect to show in either scan or photograph.