Note: Please see also 01 COLORBOK Marshmallow Smooth Card Stock Front as well.
What I'm learning is urban/on location sketching. I use pen and ink and water based markers mostly. Also pencils, colored pencils, and correction ink. My tests and reviews are normally for bleed through, show through, ghosting, and feathering. To get an idea of how my sketches look please have a look at my Pinterest board which shows the urban/on location sketches of others using markers and marker streak as part of their art. Then my tests and reviews will make more sense.
Urban Sketches Done With Streaky Markers -_^www.pinterest.com/dangerousmin…
I've visited a friend for a couple of days and was able to use their wifi to upload this review.
I saw this at Wal-mart and remembered that Baylee Jae uses card stock for markers. It cost $5 USD at the time of purchase (roughly two weeks ago) for a pad of 50 sheets. That's $0.10 per sheet, a great price in my opinion. Little did I know just how much bang I'd be getting for my bucks. I'd seen this item a couple of times in the past, but not where the sketchbooks and drawing papers are. It was where crafting supplies are. Also I was thrown off by it being called "Marshmallow". I actually love real marshmallows and if I wanted to be wreckless with my health I'd devour a jar of marsmallow fluff lol. Back to the paper, never judge a book by its cover.
This product is distributed by COLORBOK. It's made in China. I didn't see any web site. Their products can also be found around the internet. On Amazon the reviews of COLORBOK's various types and colors of card stock have mostly positive reviews. I can see why after trying it for myself.
The pad I have is 8.5w x 11h inch/215.9w by 279.4h mm. The sheets are 78lb/210gsm, acid free and lignin free. It says "Marshmallow Smooth Cardstock" on the cover. The sheets are perforated and are true to size when removed. The back cover has ideas for page layouts and provides suggestions for uses of their card stock.
The paper is very smooth on both sides of a sheet. The back side has a very slightly more textured feel. However there were no perceivable differences in the colors, line qualities, vibrancy etc. If one had the sheets bound into a sketchbook as I intend to do, they could do two page spreads and see no change in the quality of their work from page to page. I like to do urban/on location sketching using pen and ink and water based markers. I don't use alcohol markers. I'm quite certain they'd bleed through these sheets as I've already tested Sharpie Ultra Fine permanent markers. There was spotting with the black one. So dark colors of alcohol markers (especially with layers and blending) would surely bleed through. In my case with water based markers and all of the pens I tested nothing bled through, showed through, or ghosted.
When I use my markers I fill in areas with parallel strokes. I allow areas three to five minutes drying time before adding another layer, shading etc. Three layers is normally the most I'll use. I do the same with bullet tip markers except that with those I color with them the same way one would with a colored pencil or crayon. With time and care I don't normally see the paper I'm using being torn up. There's usually some minor ghosting or show through. With this paper however I only see what's on the opposite side of a sheet if I hold it up to light.
As for pens I chose the ones I know have bled through or spotted on other paper brands and types. None of the pens I used feathered. The lines from all of them are very crisp and clean looking. It's very easy to vary the line thicknesses of felt and fibre tip pens and markers on this paper.
I didn't know what to expect of pencils on this paper. I tested two areas of normal pressure and harder pressure for darker lines. Both acted just as they do on other papers. They erased well too. I lightly sketch with pencil first and then go over their lines with pen.
Here are my thoughts. Everything I tried looks great on this paper. It allows me to use Sharpie Liquid Highlighters as markers. This is great because I love their colors, but they bleed through most papers. I can also use PaperMate Flair medium tip pens and Prismacolor black brush pen. I've also been wanting to get a set of Sharpie Brush Color Pens and can do so with confidence because I'm certain they won't bleed or show through this paper either.
This is my first time using card stock of any brand, kind, and/or weight. I'm not sure if it's this being thicker than paper or if maybe card stock is higher quality than paper in some cases, but this surprised me. I have a great appreciation for this paper after trying it. I didn't expect to find card stock at Wal-mart. But for the quality and price I'm glad I did. I'm very impressed with this paper! I'm going to get another pad or two of it. I'm also going to take some pads to an office supply store and have them cut and bound into A5 size portrait and landscape sketchbooks. It's that good, so I'll go the extra mile with it. If one works with alcohol markers, heavy inks, or mediums that definitely will bleed and show through it then they may or may not like it. For my purposes however, I think I've found my holy grail.